Why sleep is even more important than you thought

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 9, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    So if the medical community says that lack of sleep can impair judgment and performance, why do medical interns go for extended stretches with no allowance for sleep in ERs? Doesn't make sense to me...

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 6, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    I believe this. I think sleep deprivation along with alcohol consumption greatly hinders students from learning the skills needed to do their jobs, hence we have a lot of incompetent workers in all areas. Obviously there are many other factors too, but the party element on college campuses hinders good sleep as well as alcohol and poor eating habits. I think sleep deprived medical workers contribute to mistakes that jeopardize the recovery of many patients. Much more could be said, but I think this is a big problem and goes hand in hand with lack of responsibility individuals have for their own well being, which then impacts the people around them.