Sleep deprivation may make it more difficult for you to learn new skills. Apparently, whenever we learn new information or skills we need at least eight hours of sleep to fully process the information.
This is all down to the fact that when we sleep, protein production increases which reduces the rate at which they're broken down. The proteins that are produced rebuild brain neurons - without these, it's thought that new synapses in the brain cannot be formed - so if you're sleep deprived, you're going to hit a limit when it comes to how much new information you can store in your brain.
Even more reason to get to the bottom of your insomnia, right?
Source: Fast Company
Last updated: September 20, 2011