Isn’t sleep Unnecessary? 

Mridula Srikanth 

Summatives. Formatives. Assignments. Activities. Services. It feels as though there are a million boxes to check off; realistically, though, how much can an average person manage to accomplish when a day only provides them with a 24-hour deadline? With all the chaos and stress, one thing that many people find easy to give up is sleep. Is it not obvious? Sleep has no purpose. Sleep is a waste of time. 

 

Everyday, our brain performs its routine neural activities from which metabolic waste is gathered in the brain. To dispose of this waste, brain cells simply shrink by 60% and allow the brain’s waste removal system to carry out their function efficiently. Research proves that this process is possible when a person has their complete consciousness. Even though the rate at which the process is carried out is doubled while sleeping, sleep has equal to no importance. What possibly could be the severity of not having waste removed out of the brain? After all, a person could only be more prone and vulnerable to dangerous diseases such as Alzheimers. Nonetheless, sleep deficiency could also cause a person to slowly weaken their long-term memory. In such scenarios, patients usually forget factual and emotional memory. 

 

It is definitely more sensible to surrender sleep hours for work, at the cost of precious memories. Shouldn’t more time awake equal more stuff achieved? Studies have shown that sleep deprivation has caused numerous companies a loss of billions of dollars, and it has caused a reduction in student performance in academics as well as extracurricular activities. On average, if an adult needs a minimum of eight hours of sleep, a child or a teenager would require more. The decision is not anyone else’s to make, but it is your choice: whether you would desire to give up sleep and your efficiency together or strike a balance between both.