But sleep deprivation has consequences. After reading our article on how stressed out computer programmers are, pressured to work 24/7, and how they suffer from "imposter syndrome," Dr. Bob Albers of the New Mexico Center for Sleep Medicine emailed us.
That's when you're sure that all the other coders you work with are smarter and more skilled than you are and you fear being found out as a fake.
Albers suggested that a lack of sleep might actually cause "imposter syndrome."
He told us,"Inadequate sleep impairs positive emotional memories, yet retains most of the negative emotional memories (we may view ourselves as imposter)."
He also said people need more sleep than they think they do.
"Sleep is primary for the restoration of the brain, yet many promote myths of needing little sleep. Inadequate sleep is rarely mentioned, when writing about the stress of work. Articles may suggest adequate sleep (which young people think means 5-6 hours per day), but never discusses research supporting 7-8 hours. I would suggest that a programmer would be more productive and accurate with 8-9 hours of sleep, daily, not just the catch-up on off days."
So how can you tell if you are getting enough sleep?