I believe this. I think sleep deprivation along with alcohol consumption greatly
hinders students from learning the skills needed to do their jobs, hence we have
a lot of incompetent workers in all areas. Obviously there are many other
factors too, but the party element on college campuses hinders good sleep as
well as alcohol and poor eating habits. I think sleep deprived medical workers
contribute to mistakes that jeopardize the recovery of many patients. Much more
could be said, but I think this is a big problem and goes hand in hand with lack
of responsibility individuals have for their own well being, which then impacts
the people around them.
So if the medical community says that lack of sleep can impair judgment and
performance, why do medical interns go for extended stretches with no allowance
for sleep in ERs? Doesn't make sense to me...