How does sleep deprivation affect mental ability?

Answer by A Quora admin:

I think it does make sense to 'hack' sleep but I think the bulk of the evidence points in a direction opposite to what you appear to think and opposite to what most people think.  But that's ok, that's what makes for a cool hack. 🙂

The best way to hack sleep is not to pursue some bizarre regime designed hopefully to trick your body into making do with less sleep.  You can train yourself to get by on less sleep – but you'll be cognitively impaired and less productive, so what's the point.

So hack sleep according the system of one of the greatest sleep hackers of all time, Benjamin Franklin.  "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." 

Get your sleep and make sure it is productive sleep.  No caffeine in the latter part of the day.  No screens and lights dim in the evenings.  Get to bed early.  Wake up naturally but much earlier than you would if you socialized and watched television until midnight.

In case anyone is wondering, I don't do all of these things consistently myself.  But I have at very productive times in life, and I should do better at it now.

How does sleep deprivation affect mental ability?

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