The following list summarizes the deleterious effects of poor sleep on our emotional intelligence:
- When sleep deprived, we are unable to accurately recognize emotions. To make matter worse, negative emotions are more readily recognized than positive ones.
- Studies have shown decreased subjective rating of happiness by sleep-deprived people.
- Our overactive fear center (Amygdala) exaggerates our fear and anger when sleep deprived.
- Sleep deprivation impairs our social interaction and learning because of perception fatigue.
- A study from the Neuroscience Lab in Singapore showed that when sleep deprived, we are reactive and not proactive.
- Nervousness, irritability, and grumpiness hurt our teamwork.
- Impaired self-evaluation resulting from sleep deprivation makes us unaware of our deficits.
- 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.