Rest and Sleep
Fred Hardinge, DrPH, RD
“Unreasonable hours are destructive to the physical, the mental, and the moral powers. If the brain were given proper periods of rest, the thoughts would be clear and sharp, and business would be expedited.” 7T 256.
“You are God’s workmanship, and with the full sense of your accountability to God you are to treat yourselves aright. Give yourselves proper time to sleep. Those who sleep give nature time to build up and repair the waste of the organism.” MM 5
“Fatigue selectively targets
the highest order of
cognitive mental functions.
Critical thinking becomes
Sleep Impairment vs. Alcohol Intoxication
Approximately 16-18 hours of continuous wakefulness in healthy, rested adults produced performance impairments comparable to legal intoxication with alcohol. (BAC >0.08%)
Type 2 Diabetes
Long-term sleep deprivation:
Depression and other mental health problems
Executive Functions at Risk
Sleep debt decreases the entire brain’s
ability to function, most significantly
impairing areas responsible for:
complex mental operations, and
Strategies to Fight Fatigue
Value adequate sleep: ~8-9 hours per night.
Exercise 30-60 min. every day.
Learn to control your stress.
Eat properly & drink plenty of water.
Avoid caffeinated beverages, tobacco, and alcohol.
Rest a day each week & annual vacation.
Sleep disorder? Get evaluated.