The cult of sleep deprivation

18 Jul

Atlantic associate editor Olga Khazan looks at the American cultural prejudice against sleep. It includes this quotation from Dale Carnegie:

“We don’t even know if we have to sleep at all!”

Carnegie was just one of many promoting a “cult of manly wakefulness,” where sleep is seen as a weakness and working until late as night is evidence of grit and determination.

This is an unfortunate obsession and, in reality, actually decreases productivity and creativity.

In this video CNN talks about sleep deprivation as a national health crisis:

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