“If you are what you eat, then I’m 95% coffee and ibuprofen” – Sarah Chen, MS1 student. While I’m honestly uncertain if this student consumes such vast quantities of Advil*, I know she (like many of us) needs a constant source of caffeine to make it through the day sometimes (or all the time). Even I need to run to the MAA office from time to time (when I’m too lazy to go Starbucks) to make it through a lecture. Humor aside, the central issue in many of our caffeine needs is not necessarily caffeine itself, but rather the underlying problem: a lack of sleep.

In honest revelation, sleep and medical school often don’t mix. To sleep can sometimes mean “surrendering,” as the author in the linked article (below) mentions. For myself, sleep is both a hindrance and a necessity. Unfortunately, sleep means less time to workout, watch Arrow, cook, and of course do productive work. On the other hand, sleep-deprivation (especially continuous sleep deprivation) has some detrimental effects on my body and overall well-being: morning grogginess, headaches, inability to focus, weight gain, memory issues…etc. For me and many others, it takes significant self-discipline and awareness to create and follow a solid sleep schedule with 7-8 hours of sleep every night. But as the article below explains, one will only reap wellness-rewards through deep slumber. So, take a gander if you have 5-10 minutes to spare; it’s an insightful and interesting read that craftily combines real public health concerns with cutting-edge research aimed at a general audience (i.e. it’s not a journal paper, it’s Time).

Read More: http://time.com/3326565/the-power-of-sleep/

Devan Patel

*I have no affiliation, interest or stake in Advil or it’s parent companies

 

Photo:Timothy Goodman for Time

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