“To sleep, perchance to dream.” As usual, Shakespeare got it right, even though he wasn’t talking about lawyers wanting to change careers. He’s good that way, the Bard is, at putting his finger on the crux of the human condition.
Without sufficient sleep, we human beings are fairly useless. Our executive brain functions—you know, the ones lawyers use the most?—diminish markedly with just a half hour less sleep. According to a 2008 article in Entrepreneur, “even just a slight sleep deficit [like half an hour nightly] has proven to decrease cognitive functioning, including processing time, ability to perform complex tasks, creativity and memory, . . . [and] loss of coping skills.” Sleep deficits also increase anxiety and weight gain. Immune function declines without enough sleep, too.
Maybe it’s just me, but it strikes me that the ability to perform complex tasks, quickly process information and remember crap might be fairly necessary for lawyers to do their basic work. Creativity is pretty darned important if you are searching Continue reading