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iVillage.com: 10 Worst Times to Make a Big Decision

You’re Exhausted

There’s science behind this, people! Numerous studies have shown that sleep-deprivation leads to risky decision making. In one recently conducted by University of Massachusetts Amherst psychologists, 54 people were taught to play a card game for rewards. Those who got a regular night’s worth of sleep understood the rules better and received four times the winnings of their sleepless counterparts. Why? According to neuroscientists at Duke University, when we lose sleep, we’re more likely to see the positive rewards instead of paying attention to the negative consequences.

How to avoid a big oops: If you need to sign an important contract, like a mortgage renewal or job offer, get a solid eight hours of sleep the night before to make sure you fully understand the fine print!

(CREDIT: Steve Cole/Photodisc/Getty Images)
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