“Trump’s worst impulse control is when he’s tired or overstretched,” tweeted New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman, who has been covering the newly inaugurated President for over a year.
Haberman tweeted a series of reflections about Trump’s first few days in office, underscoring how the President’s predilection for poor sleep negatively influences his behavior.
Haberman’s observations about a sleep-deprived Trump are backed up by science, as well: a person who spends 17–19 hours awake performs tasks as if they’re tipsy, with the equivalent of a blood alcohol level of 0.05, according to an article by the McKinsey group in 2016 outlining the link between effective leadership and sleep. A person who wakes up at 6 a.m. and goes to sleep at 2 a.m. has the performance equivalent of someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.1%, which, as the piece notes, is over the threshold for being legally drunk in the U.S.
In addition to performing as though you’re drunk, studies show that sleep-deprived leaders are worse at making decisions, more distrustful, and have impaired ability to recognize emotions, especially anger and happiness.
Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com