There are a lot of distractions challenging us in modern life. There’s a pretty good chance you’re reading this article on your smartphone. That ever-present device is one likely prime culprit in your battle against distractedness.
Another major contributor to distraction? Lack of sleep. Brand new research on sleep deprivation looked specifically at how lack of sleep affects distractedness. In the largest study of its kind on sleep deprivation, scientists found that sleep deprived people have a much harder time rebounding from distractions than people who are well rested.
Distractedness can seem like a minor problem, not least because it happens to so many of us with such frequency. An incoming email pulls us away from completing a timely task at work. The blip of a news alert causes us to lose our place in an article or a book we’re reading. But distractedness is a real and serious issue, with costs to productivity, accuracy, and safety.
Here’s what the latest research has to say about how poor sleep may be contributing to your distraction.
Lack of sleep magnifies