"The problem for me became very severe and my head nurse actually called me into her office to discuss it... it had gotten to the point where I was so chronically sleep-deprived that I was falling asleep while I was trying to report off to the on-coming shift. So, I'm sitting there talking about very complicated medical issues, and in the middle of a sentence, I would nod-off. And as you can imagine, the person I'm speaking to would be very upset that I’m so distracted and unfocused..."
Quote from an interview with a night shift nurse.
Sleep deprivation impairs your performance.8
- When tasks require intense attention, performance is unstable. For example, you may fail to set a machine properly or miss a critical step in a procedure. Because cognitive deficits are not constant, you might mistakenly believe you can perform adequately despite sleep deprivation.
- When you can pace activities without time pressure, cognitive slowing will be evident, but accuracy can be preserved. Under time pressure, however, cognitive slowing can produce errors.
- Increased effort is required for you to remain behaviorally effective.
- Tasks may begin well, but your performance deteriorates as time-on-task increases.
- Your response time slows.
Slowing of mental processes involved in attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, decision making.