Why Sleep Wastes Our Time

It’s 12:00 at night, and you just remembered you have homework. It’s such an extreme amount, that you don’t know if you’ll be able to finish it before school. You start the first problem – and you open your eyes to find that you have 3 problems out of 40 done and you need to get on the bus for school.

Sleep is a waste of our time.

Sleep is the main thing preventing many of us from doing as much as want to do with our lives. According to the National Center on Sleep Disorders, we spend about ⅓ of our time sleeping. This could be time spent studying, doing work, practicing activities, or doing whatever you want to do. According to Reference.com, the average life expectancy in the world is 70 years. This means that you spend about 23 years of your life living through scenarios that will never actually happen.

Personally, having all that time would be extremely beneficial to me, and I think most other students would think the same. Imagine if when you got out of school, you would just have 16 hours to do your homework instead of 7 (Or 15 but with extreme sleep deprivation).

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, he talks about how to become an expert in a skill, a human needs 10,000 hours of practice. If we didn’t need to sleep, we could become experts in just half the number of years it would normally take due to all the extra time to practice. Sure, it might be a little dark out, but with aspiring innovators given more time to work as well, we would probably be able to figure out better solutions to lighting up the night so anyone can do anything at anytime.

On the other hand, there are many benefits to sleep, such as giving time for our bodies to rest and regain the energy we need. However, if scientists ever invent an alternative to sleep that gives all the benefits while still being able to do other activities, I definitely would jump on board using it (as soon as it was confirmed to have no horrible side effects).


Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: the story of success. New York: Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company.

How long is the human life span? (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2017, from https://www.reference.com/science/long-human-life-span-14db496194e5a65a

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (n.d.). Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep. Retrieved March 20, 2017, from https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Understanding-Sleep

3 thoughts on “Why Sleep Wastes Our Time

  • May 10, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Actually, no it isn’t. Sleep is how we humans recharge. If you don’t then your mind can go into a state of hysteria, where you won’t be very sane anymore, and you’ll be constantly falling asleep in class, which won’t allow you to get homework done. So in conclusion, you’re wrong. It’s the most important thing we do every night.

    • May 11, 2017 at 8:34 AM


  • May 10, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Unless you want to live in a refrigerator, no

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