Ideally, every night you would drift off to sleep at a reasonable hour and wake fully refreshed the next day. But here in the real world, there are late-night parties, loud neighbors, pressing work deadlines, and newborn babies to contend with. Sometimes, we all get a terrible night’s sleep.
Does that mean you’re doomed to exhaustion, foggy-headedness, and poor performance the next day?
Actually, no, according to some fascinating recent research. While no one is arguing that long-term sleep deprivation is anything but catastrophic for your physical and mental functioning, apparently it’s possible to fake your way through a run of a couple of bad nights.