I am in so much trouble.
Some info from another article at the same source follows the link:
Here is some of what we do know:
• Sleep helps solidify memories.
• Prolonged sleep deprivation causes decreased neurogenesis.
• Even mild sleep disturbances can interfere with the encoding of memories.
• Naps can significantly improve memory and performance (short 10-20 minutes are best).
• Lack of sleep increases emotional reactivity (makes you touchy).
Some tips on how to get a good night’s rest:
• Don’t nap after 3PM. ME? Never nap.
• Go to bed at the first wave of evening fatigue. ME? Push it until I pass out.
• Keep consistent sleep and wake times. ME? No two days are the same.
• Avoid caffeine (including chocolate) late in the day/evening. ME? Nope.
• Ramp down physical and intellectual activity before bed. ME? Nope.
• Exercise regularly. ME? Shamefully, no.
• Quit smoking (nicotine is a stimulant). Finally got one! Never smoked. Never will.
• Make your bedroom as dark and quiet as possible. ME? Yes, but cluttered.
• Don’t work in bed. ME? I work in bed sometimes; if I make it to bed.
• Don’t eat 2 hours before sleeping. ME? Failed. Plus, never know when I'm going to sleep.
• Reduce alcohol consumption (lowers quality of sleep). Got another! Rarely drink.
• Meditate. ME? Late night reality shows are as close as I come to mind like water.
A corroborating article:
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