I’ve been wondering for quite some time: does lack of sleep affect performance, or actually boost it? Well, I can attest to the fact that my multi-tasking skills actually dropped pretty drastically today when playing Starcraft II. But contrarily, I was more motivated to work on this excel spreadsheet that required fairly irritating coding work. Why was that so?
My current theory is that accommodating pain allows a person to actually accommodate more pain, at least until one’s capacity is truly worn out. Think of it as doing a set of warm up exercises. For me personally, doing a number of pushups before I begin weight training effectively enables me to lift the same weight more times than if I did not warm up.
Perhaps pain tolerance works the same way? Deprived of ‘just enough’ sleep, you might be incensed enough to take on mundane, painful work that you usually would put off at a later date, because after all, hey, it can’t get much worse can it?
Understandably, tasks that require more skill and concentration would suffer a hit in performance because your mind and body is exhausted. Is this a life hack? Who knows! But you’re welcome to experiment and share about it.