1. Make financial decisions. Insufficient sleep affects our judgement, our information management ability, and our risk taking adversely. Please pay up your sleep debt first before making those costly financial decisions.
2. Make career decisions. Insufficient sleep also impairs our creativity, our big picture skills, and our self-assessment ability. Take a lazy vacation with your spouse, catch up on your sleep, relax on the beach, read a spiritual book, and only then make that major decision.
3. Initiate negotiations with a formidable adversary. Sleep debt unfortunately impairs our communication, perception, humor appreciation, and our information management. It makes us a poor negotiator, hence resist that urge to walk into the corner office asking for a favor.
4. Fire back. When we receive an emotional e-mail while sleep deprived, we have an irresistible urge to fire back. Hold your horses. Take a deep breath. Smile. Type a reply, but save it in the draft folder. Sleep on it, edit it , and send it the next morning.
5. Drive. Every hour on US roads, 2 people die because of drowsy driving. If you must drive, take a PREM nap, have a cup of strong coffee, and then drive carefully.
Adopted from my book, Sleep Well, Lead Well.