These days, when everyone is pretending to be busy all the time, and 5 Hour Energy makes billions in profit by selling liquid cocaine, you might think that sleep is no longer of the utmost importance. But as it turns out, sleep is more than just a thing people do to avoid watching infomercials. A new study from the University of California Berkeley finds that people who sleep less are more likely to develop significant memory loss as they become older. So, if you stay up until 3am every night watching reruns of Tosh.0, you're not just getting dumber now, you're becoming much dumber later. From ScienceDaily.com:
UC Berkeley neuroscientists have found that the slow brain waves generated during the deep, restorative sleep we typically experience in youth play a key role in transporting memories from the hippocampus -- which provides short-term storage for memories -- to the prefrontal cortex's longer term "hard drive."
Sleep is my favorite thing in the world, so telling me that I should sleep more is like telling a skunk that they should dig through more garbage cans, or telling a fat white trash guy that he needs to eat at Denny's more. Message received, no convincing necessary.