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Are You Suffering from Sleep Deprivation?

I took the sleep test.  It turns out that I don’t get enough sleep.  It’s a one minute video test:

It made a little scared of everything that I’m missing in my day-to-day world due to my sleep deficit. What will I do when the zombies come? I mean, what if the zombies come today? I can’t make up my sleep deficit in one day. Anyway, how could I sleep when there are zombies crawling around outside?

I will note that while I need an alarm to wake up (actually, I need a bunch of alarms, all set to different times) and drink lots of coffee, it takes me hours to fall asleep. Hence why I have a sleep deficit, duh.

How did you do with the sleep test? And don’t read the comments on this post until you have taken the one minute test.

18 comments

1 nicoleandmaggie { 05.01.14 at 8:12 am }

Hm, apparently I got enough sleep last night. First time in 3 weeks!

2 Life Breath Present { 05.01.14 at 9:46 am }

Well, apparently I am somewhat sleep-deprived. I only noticed one or two changes in that scene….
Going to bed isn’t my problem, it’s getting to sleep….then there’s Baby Boy and his nightly needs :/

3 Jendeis { 05.01.14 at 10:55 am }

Knew that I was sleep-deprived, but was surprised that I missed every single thing. Does that make me the winner of the losers? 🙂

4 loribeth { 05.01.14 at 10:55 am }

OK, I didn’t think I was THAT sleep deprived, but I missed everything he mentioned. :p Of course, for part of the time, I was busy clicking the pop-up ads shut :p so that may have had at least a little bit to do with it. I am in bed by 10 at the latest on most weeknights & up at 5 = 7 hours (theoretically), which is more than a lot of people I know get. But I do feel tired most mornings. On weekends, we will still often go to bed by 10 or 11 at the latest, but I will sleep in until 7:30-8:30, sometimes 9.

5 Mel { 05.01.14 at 10:57 am }

I think what scares me the most is the concept of driving while sleep deprived. You have to constantly be noticing everything. And watching for movement everywhere. Drinking another cup of coffee.

6 Sharon { 05.01.14 at 11:28 am }

I missed all the things the narrator mentioned. . . but I don’t think I’m particularly sleep-deprived. I fall asleep easily within a few minutes of going to bed each night and sleep 7-8 hours a night, straight through. (Generally in bed between 9 and 9:30 and get up by 5:00.)

I do need an alarm to wake up most days, but I only drink one cup of coffee each morning and no more over the course of the day. I have never suffered from insomnia. I do snore occasionally (I’m told), but I don’t think I have sleep apnea.

Maybe I am just not very observant vs. actually being sleep deprived?

7 Sharon { 05.01.14 at 11:35 am }
8 Mrs T (missohkay) { 05.01.14 at 11:45 am }

Considering I was up until 2a writing a brief and the toddler arose at 5:30, I will wait until tomorrow to try this :/

9 Mel { 05.01.14 at 12:04 pm }

I took that test, Sharon. One thing I will say for it is that it should have allowed you to scan the side of the road and try to predict a problem. But it did give me confidence because my reaction time was in the safe range. .29 seconds.

10 a { 05.01.14 at 12:15 pm }

I’m with Loribeth – I was too busy clicking to close ads to notice the changes, but I did sort of notice that something was different! I am sleep deprived today, but I still woke up 5 minutes before my alarm…

11 SRB { 05.01.14 at 2:39 pm }

I already KNOW that I am horribly sleep-deprived, but those two tests confirm it. The driving one confirms my anxiety about driving too. Yay.

Regardless, I plan to give up on Day One of the Zombie Apocalypse. Way too stressful. Screw it. I’ll live forever as one of the undead!

12 Tara { 05.01.14 at 4:30 pm }

Did not notice one single thing he pointed out until he pointed it out. While I don’t drink a lot of coffee and I think I fall asleep relatively quickly and don’t need an alarm clock to wake up – I often wake in the night and have a heck of a time falling back to sleep! And no matter when I go to bed or how much sleep I lose in the night, BAM! I’m still awake at 6am.

13 Heidi { 05.01.14 at 9:20 pm }

I did badly, and that’s all I’ll say. But! On the zombies: My husband pointed out to me the other day that he doesn’t understand why everyone’s scared of zombies; they walk slowly, with their arms out in front of them. The only reason anyone gets caught in the zombie movies is by doing something stupid like stumbling and falling, or hiding somewhere without any way to escape. In his words, “You don’t even need to run! All you have to do is WALK BRISKLY AWAY. What’s the big deal?” However little sleep I get, I am still capable of a brisk walk.

14 Brid { 05.02.14 at 1:00 am }

For your test, Mel, I was sitting there waiting for something to happen! Duh! The second one… I’m telling myself I don’t play enough video games to have the sort of hand-eye it takes for something like that. I was just as quick (slow?) when I was focusing than I was when I was trying to see how much longer I had to go! I’d like to test my kid, who plays video games here and there.
Get to bed!

15 Aerotropolitan Comitissa { 05.02.14 at 11:14 pm }

I actually slept in this morning and I still failed. I think the scene is just kind of too dull to hold the attention. That said, I take his point (although the quick falling to sleep? with you).

When the zombies come you’ll be experienced at functioning under conditions of extreme sleep deprivation and this will improve your survival chances.

16 Justine { 05.04.14 at 9:47 pm }

Interesting. I thought I was sleep deprived, but apparently I’m not: I saw two of the three things he mentioned, I only drink coffee in the morning, and my alarm clock is my three year old. I *do* have terrible sleep hygiene, though. I fall asleep on the couch, sometimes with a book, sometimes with my computer. I wake up at 12 or 2 or 4, and wander up to bed, where I finish the night’s sleep. Needless to say, my husband hates this. On the other hand, he wakes up at 2 and listens to the radio for an hour. So we’re both all kind of messed up.

17 deathstar { 05.07.14 at 1:56 pm }

Yep, me too busy with getting rid of the pop up ad. And I did see the bus colour change but that’s about it. I was watching the video and attempting to do 2 other things. Hah!

18 deathstar { 05.07.14 at 1:57 pm }

And drinking more coffee.

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