Jon Snow from "Game of Thrones" woke from a very long sleep. Jon Snow from "Game of Thrones" woke from a very long sleep. Jon Snow from "Game of Thrones" woke from a very long sleep. (Photo: HBO)

Guess who suffers most from sleep deprivation

Being tired during the day is no fun for anyone. But some people are more susceptible to it than others.

We've all been there. The morning alarm goes off and we just want to hit the snooze button (again and again). The previous night, as so many before it, didn't go as planned. We got less sleep than expected, and the day ahead – yawn! – doesn't look like it'll be the most productive. Sigh.

So goes another night of being sleep deprived. And people can act in strange and bizarre ways when they have a lack of rest.

Thankfully, since the dawn of the mattress, scientists have been studying our sleep patterns. And for those of you who are bleary-eyed and bumbling through the day, a new study has just been published that will make you, well, rest easy. Because, apparently, there are people who have it harder than you do.

Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek

According to new research out of Israel, people who daydream suffer more from a lack of sleep than those of us who don't. In other words, sleep-deprived daydreamers are more likely to fall asleep in the middle of the day than sleep-deprived people who don't daydream.

The study – led by Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek of Ben-Gurion University in Israel – was aimed to help people who operate with chronic sleep loss and have what are known as "high responsibilities," such as doctors, drivers and airline pilots. The research was published in the journal "Consciousness and Cognition."

As part of their study, participants attended a four-day seminar exposing them to different effects of fatigue. The purpose was to emphasize the importance of adhering to an orderly and sufficient sleep routine during operational activity.

“People who tend to daydream have difficulty regulating the transition between different states of consciousness and transitioning between different awake and sleep states,” explained Soffer-Dudek. “Therefore any disruptions to their sleep-wake cycle generates an especially strong shakeup of their system, and the person has a harder time fighting off sleepiness.”

But for those of you who daydreamer, you should know that all is not lost. There's some recent information to counter-balance the new study. Recent research also suggests that daydreaming can actually make you work more efficiently. So, there's that. In the meantime, go get some rest.


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