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How sleep deprivation kills our motivation.

It seems that in today’s way of life we never get enough sleep. The rhythm we live in is crazy and unstable, we have deadlines for work, school or just any other event. We get caught up in the process sometimes so much, that we lose the track of time. This leads to us staying up late and finishing whatever assignment we have to do in order to meet the deadlines. We do not notice how we start neglecting normal sleep rhythm, we start to feel tired and cranky, because we did not have enough sleep, and we end up in an endless cycle of sleep deprivation.

However sleep is one of the most important things needed in order to function normally. According to article by Healthline:

Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. During sleep, your body heals itself and restores its chemical balance. Your brain forges new connections and helps memory retention. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life. A review of 16 studies found that sleeping for less than 6 to 8 hours a night increases the risk of early death by about 12 percent.

Below you can find the illustration by Healthline, which shows the main effects of sleep deprivation on our body and overall state.

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As you can see, the sleep deprivation impacts us on different levels: from mood changes and loss of concentration to risk of getting ill. This whole bunch of impacts has a huge influence on our motivation. When we are tired, out of mood and energy, our motivation level drops to the bottom. We do not feel like doing anything, because we simply do not have energy to do it. This leads to us not achieving our goals/dreams and being unsatisfied with ourselves and our lives. So in the end, sleep deprivation simply leads to us being unhappy.

What to do?

Take care of your sleep routine and do not underestimate the importance of it. Find an optimal time for going to bed (usually between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.) and waking up (usually between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.). Of course, we all have different kinds of work, but even if you have night shifts, still try to have a good 7-8 hour sleep, and you will feel generally much better and much more motivated to start doing things.


May the force be with you!



6 thoughts on “How sleep deprivation kills our motivation.

  1. Wow! I can relate to this so much! As a new college graduate, I can really give support to the fact that not getting enough sleep will take its effect on you. I had plenty of nights where I had only gotten 3 to 4 hours of sleep and then depended on coffee to carry me throughout my lengthy days. I even made a motto to my self in my last week of finals as an undergraduate student, which was “You can sleep after you get the degree”.

    I will now make an effort to go to bed reasonably and make my days more productive.

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    1. Yeah, I know how it feels, I was working and studying at the same time at some point, and I was just out of my life, constantly tired and depended on coffee. Now I am trying to take care of my sleep and I feel much better 🙂


  2. So very true! As an ex-sleep deprived individual, I’ve had to consciously work at my sleep hygiene. Now as a cured insomniac, I can vouch for the physical and emotional benefits getting my forty winks. I’m even working on my own blog post and look forward to quoting your post. Thanks for some great material – easy to relate to. I’ve enjoyed reading it


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