We all have restless nights every now and then that leave us feeling sluggish the next day, but long-term lack of sleep can have a ripple effect on your overall health and well-being. Over time, a deficit of just 1-2 hours a day can diminish your performance at work, in school, and in physical activities.
Knowing how important sleep is for optimum physical and mental function, it’s not surprising that our bodies find ways to rectify the effects of sleep loss—whether we know it or not! One major way the brain attempts to catch up on missed sleep is through a phenomenon called microsleep. Have you ever found yourself nodding off in an important meeting or arriving home to realize you don’t remember the drive? You tell yourself you were just bored or distracted, but you probably experienced an episode of microsleep.
Microsleep is a brief lapse in consciousness during which the brain’s “alert” waves are replaced by very low waves commonly seen in REM sleep. Your head nods, you’re yawning excessively, and you just can’t seem to keep your eyes open. Microsleep can last anywhere from a fraction of a second to a full minute. While it’s dangerous in itself, microsleep can be deadly if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.
You Deserve a Good Nights Sleep!