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4 reasons sleep makes you a better coder

4 reasons sleep makes you a better coder

Many coders have trouble sleeping. Maybe it comes from their obsessive nature and drive to always be productive. Some coders even claim that being tired makes them better at their job. However, although it can be fun and can have a semblance of productivity, not sleeping is usually not effective, especially after doing it for a few days in a row. So… why does sleep actually make you a better programmer?


1. Sleep is necessary!

No matter how it sometimes may feel – you are not a robot and you need your sleep! Several studies carried out on the effects of sleep deprivation show that they negatively impact on decision-making, and a number of human-error disasters worldwide have been attributed to lack of sleep.


2. Sticking to a sleep schedule helps regulate your body's internal clock

Pick a bed time and a wake-up time and stick to them as closely as you can (of course there are times when this won’t be possible, such as if you have a deadline, are going partying or have a very young child). This helps regulate your Circadian rhythm, which will help you fall asleep each night and wake up easier each morning. Try to stick to your schedule at least on weekdays.


3. Missing sleep impacts your ability to retain new memories.

During sleep, while your body rests, your brain is busy processing information from the day and forming memories. Sleep is necessary to consolidate a memory so that it can be recalled in the future. Both acquisition and recall are functions that take place when you are awake. However, researchers believe sleep is required for consolidation of a memory, no matter the memory type. Without adequate sleep, your brain has a harder time absorbing and recalling new information. Research involving memory tests show that after a single good night of sleep, people perform better.


4. Your brain, emotion and physical self suffer if you don’t get enough sleep

Without adequate sleep, your brain becomes foggy, your judgment is poor and your fine motor skills are hindered. Studies show that sleep also affects physical reflexes.


Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: August 27, 2019

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