October 17, 2018
Is This What's the Matter?

From The Harvard Business Review:

Recent research indicates that sleep deprivation drains glucose in the prefrontal cortex. In other words, a lack of sleep robs the fuel for self-control from the region of the brain responsible for self-control, whereas sleep restores it. Building from this research, my colleagues and I investigated the effects of sleep on unethical behavior. Across a set of four studies in both laboratory and field contexts, we found that a lack of sleep led to high levels of unethical behavior. Moreover, we found that this was because a lack of sleep depleted self-control, which in turn led to unethical behavior...

Other researchers have found that a lack of sleep leads to deviant behavior at work, similarly because of decrements in self-control. They found that similarly small amounts of sleep matter; those who slept six hours or less were more likely to engage in deviant work behaviors than those who slept more than six hours. Many of the deviant work behaviors they examined, such as falsifying receipts, would also be considered unethical behavior. Thus, their research findings support the idea that sleep is crucial for ethics in the workplace....

This growing health crisis may very well have the side effect of creating an ethics crisis as well. And often, it is the people who are in the most important or most influential jobs in a given firm who are most sleep deprived. Consider that, in contrast to the 30% of Americans in general who get less than six hours of sleep, over 40% of managers sleep less than six hours per night. Thus, people entrusted with the most consequential decisions, and given most leeway to exercise judgment, are in demanding roles that cut into their sleep, which depletes their self-control and leaves them vulnerable to caving to temptations to behave unethically.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 17, 2018 12:24 PM
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So doubling his normal 4 - 5 hours of beddy-bye might bring him to Jesus? Doubt it, except he'd have less time to fuck us over. Only the Long Sleep would really save us.

Posted by: Sociopat on October 17, 2018 4:11 PM

So doubling his normal 4 - 5 hours of beddy-bye might bring him to Jesus? Doubt it, except he'd have less time to fuck us over. Only the Long Sleep would really save us.

Posted by: Sociopat on October 17, 2018 4:11 PM

Based on my exexnsive research watching West Wing, no one in any White House gets adequate sleep. Could this explain all the unethical behavior we see there?

Posted by: Charles on October 17, 2018 5:03 PM
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