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IF you are reading this in the office, you may want to carry out this small survey, ask five or six of your colleagues about their daily sleeping routine. I have done it; the best among them sleep at midnight, the worst at about 3 in the morning.
Staying up late at night is a way of life for a lot of Saudis somehow has become a part of our culture. Be it a weekday or a weekend, it is always a rush hour at 10 p.m. People from all ages and walks of life are out and about, touring the city’s streets shopping and dining. One may experience long queues at drive-through restaurant after midnight.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have to admit, we have a problem with our sleeping patterns. A hidden yet paramount reason that could be the secret behind a lot of our social issues such as lousy driving, low productivity, bright students with terrible academic records, could be nothing but a series of sleepless nights.
According to a 2005 study carried out the United States, 30 percent of American adults have had disrupted sleep, and 10 percent have had symptoms of daytime functional impairments consistent with insomnia. In another 2008 survey, 32 percent of those studied reported having a good night sleep only a few times a month or less. Another study carried out in 2012 found that the longer someone stays awake, the slower their productivity becomes; the ability to find information quickly and accurately, the ability to think creatively and solve problem all take a downward spiral. Not only that, Dr. Charles Czeisler, a professor researching sleep deficiency at Harvard Medical School, claims that a week of four to five sleeping hours a night results in impairments equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.1 percent. In other words, after a few nights of not enough sleeping, your productivity level is no better than that of a drunk.