Never present while tired, and here are 11 signs you are sleep deprived

December 12, 2017 | Presentations, Verbal communication


Are you always hungry? Have you gained weight? Is your memory not what it used to be? These are just a few of the signs that you are sleep deprived.

Some 41 million Americans (30 percent of the U.S. population) are sleep-deprived — sleeping six or fewer hours per night — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How important is sleep? Consider that sleep-deprivation is used as a form of torture to break prisoners, and as a form of mind control.

Being short on sleep is exactly what you DO NOT what to be when presenting before an audience. There is a saying, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” One of the reasons people have severe stage fright is that pre-event anxiety prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep. If we take the stage mentally fatigued, our nervousness is compounded, in part because our memory is diminished, causing us to grapple for lines and phrases.

Click here to read the Health.com article about the signs we are suffering from sleep deprivation.

And if you have trouble falling or staying asleep and you’re looking for relief, plug the term “sleep technology” into Google check out the search results. There have never been as many technologies available to aid our sleep.

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