It’s Monday morning and you’ve had a big weekend.
Between a wild Saturday night piggybacked by family brunch, it’s safe to say that you’re feeling tired as you cross the threshold and head for your desk.
While we’d like to think you’d never actually turn up to work drunk (no promises here) a new study tells us that feeling tired is essentially the same as being boozed.
The University of New South Wales study found that getting less than seven hours of beauty sleep a night can affect your abilities in a very similar way to alcohol. We’re guessing this is why you shouldn’t drink and drive, or drive tired.
Researchers followed 39 human guinea pigs, 30 from the transport industry and nine from the army. They took performance tests throughout 28 hours of sleep deprivation and again after consuming alcohol up to about 0.1% blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
After 17-19 hours without sleep (seriously, kill us), corresponding to between 10:30pm and 1:00am, performance on some tests was equivalent or worse than tests taken at 0.05% BAC – the legal driving limit.
The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, concluded that sleep deprivation “compromises performance of speed and accuracy of the kind needed for safety on the road and in other industrial settings.”
In other words, if you’re not getting the recommended sleeping hours (seven or more for adults) you’re unfit for work the next day. Can we get a doctor’s certificate for that?
Originally posted on >> bodyandsoul.com.au