The study, conducted by researchers from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, focused on a group of 66 Chinese adults. Every two years, the participants were asked to take a sleep questionnaire, as well as MRI scans and neuropsychological assessments. The result: People who had trouble sleeping had “greater age-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline” than those who rested well every night.”—
And yet we still lionize those who sleep under their desks.
There are a few people whom I end up respecting for this behavior, because they can’t help cramming in a few extra hours of super-weird thinking time to work out the stuff they’re working through.
For most of us, however, the “late to bed, early to rise, grinding it out” startup mentality is just pretty fucking stupid.
Unless you’re a genetic anomaly [and you’re probably not, no matter how “used to” five or six hours of sleep a night you are], you are achieving less than you could because you’re sleep deprived.