Trading Psychology: Why You Need to Take A Nap

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Today’s post is going to be a unique article on something rarely discussed in trading – sleep.

As a trader, your success is overly dependent upon your brain being healthy. And one of the primary factors which determines your brain’s health is sleep quality.

Recently Dr. Walker from the UC Berkeley Sleep & Neuroimaging lab began the first neural studies on the emotional brain without sleep. The results were impressive and could be behind why your trading performance is struggling.

Here is how the experiment went:

After 1.5 days without proper sleep, the subjects neural activity resembled that of depression & anxiety.

Why?

When deprived of proper sleep, the amygdala (triggers fight-flight reactions) goes into hyperdrive.

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