Sunday Healthy Reflection

Sleep is a generous thief; he gives to vigor what he takes from time.

– Elizabeth, Queen of Romania

Is lack of sleep robbing you of your goals?

If you surveyed the millions of us who don’t get much sleep, chances are they’ll say that the #1 reason they don’t is “lack of time.” In other words, people have too much to do to sleep. Late hours and frantic mornings are the rule. Who has time for more sleep? What this tired group doesn’t realize is that a sleep debt is probably keeping them from acting and thinking at full strength, making even the easiest tasks harder to do. And take longer. Believe it or not, you can probably get more done in your day by getting more sleep. The mental and physical pick-up more than make up for that extra hour or two in bed.

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Oh boy, does this strike a chord with me or what? I can’t remember when I decided going to bed at midnight and waking up at six am was a good idea, and totally enough sleep. I think it was somewhere around November 2007, when my step dad, so generously gave me a laptop as an early Christmas gift.

Yeah, I think that was it. Suddenly, the world of no cable, no internet from the previous seven months, was greatly widened. The beckoning beam of the computer screen sucked me in, I haven’t been able to shut it off since.

That’s my excuse anyway, “It’s a gift. What? Am I not supposed to use it? Phsss.”

Once the obsession newness wore off, I had met Jason by then. My new time killer was him. With work, kids, and living apart – we squeeze in time when we can. That means driving home 11-12 at night after watching TV and catching up on Survivor, Flash Forward, and Grey’s Anatomy.

If that wasn’t enough, THEN, I got an iPhone. The newness obsession was mind boggling. Please don’t ask Jason about it. It is embarrassing how much I love my iPhone, I think he is a little jealous.

Despite all that, if I am too look at my health, I have to admit. I could use more sleep. I could turn off the Look! Something shiny! call of the computers and get some more shut-eye. It is easier said than done.

I don’t have a problem sleeping either. That is not it. I sleep very soundly. I go to sleep instantly. You’re jealous right? Pssst. Melatonin. Works wonders, alleviates stress. It’s been a lifesaver for me – I hate laying awake at night – now I never do. Enlyten has dissolvable strips, works instantly. Instantly. Heaven. Simply Heaven.

I guess what it boils down to, I need to slow down for my health. I don’t feel lacking but, possibly, I could perform better. This reflection resonates in my life. I hope it did yours too.

*I pre-blogged this Saturday, so I could sleep in this morning AND it was time change night. Cha-ching! Extra, extra sleep. I feel like I could jump from rooftop to rooftop singing and I haven’t even have coffee yet. Yahoo!*

8 thoughts on “Sunday Healthy Reflection

  1. Sleep has become so elusive to me, and it IS negatively impacting my psyche. My little girl hasn’t slept an entire night yet and she’s over a year old! I’m also a night owl by nature and my son is a little rooster. So with those combined, I generally get about 5 hours of broken sleep per night.

    NOT ENOUGH!

    I was going to go to bed early tonight, but then I remembered I needed to tend to my reader and see what all my bloggy friends have been talking about this weekend.

    Are you telling me to get to bed? Okay, here I go. πŸ˜‰

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  2. I have sleep issues and so I’m always on the verge of sleep deprivation. And it messes with me big time-mostly mentally. I’ve been working harder on going to bed at a reasonable time but it is hard when there is so much I could be doing.

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    1. Jenera, It’s hard to shut the mind off, time slips away, and then it’s late – time for bed. I usually don’t want to go. I have to make myself. You’ve got little kids I’ve got no excuse. πŸ™‚

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  3. Wow, long time sleep issues here. Actually, only consistent cure has been blogging! Writing seems to empty out my head enough to let me drift off… I’ll keep the Melatonin and Enlyten in mind for nights when I can’t think of anything to write. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Jaymie,
      Definitely! I usually take them just in case. I HATE LAYING THERE AWAKE. Uggg! Worst thing for me ever. Your writing is amazing. Maybe sleep is not a good thing for you. πŸ™‚

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  4. Ay chica you is singin’ my tune! I’m actually tired right now but I’m so tired that I actually can’t fall asleep easily. I have an overload class this year (I teach 6 instead of 5 classes) and it is zapping my energy so much I actually am having a hard time sleeping.

    Plus, I have not been to the gym like I normally do. I am going back manana. Promise!

    OK…I now am officially going to sleep. At 9:00 pm. Here I go….goodnight moon!

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  5. HurleyBurleyGirl,
    Ack! How in the world do you do all that and blog and breathe and stuff?? πŸ˜€ LOL.

    Being so tired you can’t sleep is awful, just as bad as laying there awake. Hope you got some good zzzzzz’s!

    Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.

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