How to Function on No Sleep (Because We've All Been There)

Attention, night owls, your parents didn't teach you to get your beauty sleep for no reason. Bodies of research support the fact that the average adult needs seven to eight and a half hours of sleep per night. This sounds ideal, but the busyness of life often causes the hours in the day to quickly slip away from us. In the long run, not getting the proper amount of sleep does us way more harm than good. Research shows that lack of sleep has a terribly disturbing effect on your brain. In fact, a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that chronic sleep loss can eventually lead to brain damage.

In other words, there's plenty of science behind why it's hard to function on no sleep. And while we're not supporting sleep deprivation, we're here for you when it's just one of those days and time is decidedly not on your side. Adam Tishman, co-founder and sleep expert of Helix Sleep, and Michael Breus, aka The Sleep Doctor, a clinical psychologist and diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, shared an expert-recommended guide to how to function on no sleep. Thank us later for this guidebook on how to make it through the day when you're running on no fuel.