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8 Reasons Why We are Grumpy When Sleepy

English: Managing emotions - Identifying feelings

The following list summarizes the deleterious effects of poor sleep on our emotional intelligence:

  1. When sleep deprived, we are unable to accurately recognize emotions. To make matter worse, negative emotions are more readily recognized than positive ones.
  2. Studies have shown decreased subjective rating of happiness by sleep-deprived people.
  3. Our overactive fear center (Amygdala) exaggerates our fear and anger when sleep deprived.English: MRI coronal view of the amygdala


  4. Sleep deprivation impairs our social interaction and learning because of perception fatigue.
  5. A study from the Neuroscience Lab in Singapore showed that when sleep deprived, we are reactive and not proactive.
  6. Nervousness, irritability, and grumpiness hurt our teamwork.
  7. Impaired self-evaluation resulting from sleep deprivation makes us unaware of our deficits.
  8. Studies have also shown reduced motivation, increased risk taking, and indecisiveness when faced with an ethical dilemma.

Hence, make sure you get 7-8 hours of sound sleep every night. And when you cannot get sound sleep because of unavoidable factors, please beware of these deleterious effects. Smile often, pause before responding, listen more than you talk, and you will be fine.

Sleep Well, Lead Well. God bless you.

Grumpy when Tired? Six Tips from Your Sleep Doc.

Brain cut showing the amygdala inside. The ori...

Have you noticed how grumpy, ill-tempered, and short we are when running on too little sleep? This happens because of overstimulated Amygdala (our brain’s fear center) and underactive Executive Center (Prefrontal Cortex of our brain.) Here are a few tips I found immensely helpful during my post call days in the clinic and in the hospital.
1. Walk with a bounce and exude contagious enthusiasm and optimism.
2. Smile often. Recognize that smile is your savior. Stay close to people with positive demeanor. Humor and happiness stabilize our intellect.
3. Pause before answering. Save emotional e-mails in the drafts folder and send them the next morning. If it is a complicated issue or a vital one, sleep on it. Recognize that the pause is your partner.
4. Do not dwell on the unpleasant aspect of your work or of your life.
5. Pray often. When on the go, read a line from Bible. Replace fear and anger with faith and empathy through mental discipline.
6. Take a walk, talk to your spouse, nap, meditate, exercise, and play. Beware of delicate situations that can exaggerate the irritability. Tactfully avoid them or live through them quietly.
Sleep Well, Live Well, Lead Well 
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