Skip Black Friday Shopping

unduhan-15This year Black Friday is more than a one-day affair, thanks to a few choice retailers like Wal-Mart and Toys R Us, who are opening their doors late Thursday night.

While the temptation to wake up early, join the masses, and shop till you drop may be too hard to resist, skipping the madness may be better for you and your health. Here, the top reasons why you should forego Black Friday and take part in Buy Nothing Day. (It’s really a thing: The anti-consumerism day was started by artist Ted Dave and promoted by the not-for-profit AdBusters magazine.) Plus, some survival tips for those who just can’t. Stay. Away.

  1. Sleeplessness can cause reckless spending. Black Friday starts early, really early — and a 4 or 5 a.m. wakeup call means you’re probably getting far fewer than the recommended seven to nine hours of zzz’s. And while the effects of chronic sleep-skimping are well documented, even one night of too little sleep can throw off your brain.Pulling an all-nighter can cause short-term euphoria, which could lead to poor judgment, according to research from University of California, Berkeley, published in The Journal of Neuroscience. That’s not exactly great news given the fact you’ll be smack-dab in the middle of a shopping store, surrounded by deals that entice you and your wallet to make spontaneous purchases you may regret later. (Two deep fryers for the price of one? Yes, please! The complete DVD series of Grace Under Fire? Why not!)

    Missing sleep can decrease your ability to pay attention and react to signals, even leading to an increased risk of car accidents, says the National Sleep Foundation. You’re also more likely to be cranky and moody (not exactly embodying the holiday spirit).

  2. Shopping is stressful. While getting a head start on holiday shopping sounds like a good idea in theory, the stress of just fighting for a parking spot may be enough to impact your brain. Short bouts of stress can impair brain-cell communication in the learning and memory areas of the brain, a study in The Journal of Neuroscience found. That means you’re more likely to be forgetful (Where’d I park again?) and unable to retain new pieces of information (Did I already buy Uncle Allan a new tie?)