You may think you have learned to function while sleep deprived but the science shows that sleep deprivation compromises your performance. And it gets worse in unfamiliar circumstances or emergencies.
I didn’t know how tired I really was….
This is what I hear from patients that I treat for their sleep apnea. We adapt to many physical limitations over time; that ache in the neck, inability to sit without fidgeting due to back or hip discomfort, etc. What we often don’t notice or fail to acknowledge is a decline in our executive skills. The ability to “multitask” in familiar settings is fairly easy to maintain. New or occasional tasks however, show our decline in what is called “executive function”.