Missing Out On Sleep Leads To Risky Decision Making

To make better decisions you’ll want to get a full night of shut-eye. University of Zurich researchers had 14 men (ages 18 to 28) sleep just five hours a night, and then had them play a gambling game. By the end of the week-long experiment, 11 of the 14 men began to take more risks that previously, and six who had been risk-averse started actively seeking out risks. When the participants were asked about their change in behavior none of them were even aware of the change. Scientists say less sleep means less rest for the prefrontal cortex in the brain, which has been linked to higher risk-seeking behavior. In other words, don’t make any big decisions if you’ve been sleep deprived. (Daily Mail)