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I need more sleep. And it is about time that I get it.
I am the reigning queen of staying up all night and day to get things done. Whether it’s washing dishes, doing laundry, writing blog posts, or even planning and prepping dinner for the next day. Although I usually complete what’s on my agenda and I totally love that feeling of accomplishment, I always end up paying the hefty price of staying awake the day after. And most times, even the day after that.
In other words, whenever I go so much as one night with either no sleep or very little sleep (1-3 hours), my mental, physical, and emotional wellness goes downhill. I become irritated at the fact that I cannot focus or complete even the simplest of tasks correctly, only to go on a warpath of rage with anyone who just so happens to be around—on or offline. My mental clarity is totally nonexistent, because the only thing that I can think about is that I need more sleep. Sometimes I even deal with headaches and body aches that won’t go away until I lay down. No matter how hard I try or how much coffee I drink, I just can’t get it together when I haven’t had a full night of restful sleep.
Sometimes, it’s not even that I stay up late. I experience lots of nights of turning in early or at a decent time, only to toss and turn, requiring hours to fall asleep. I can try everything, but no position feels comfortable to me. Even the usual sleep tips of no electronics an hour before bed, a cup of chamomile tea, a darkened room or soothing music seem to be effective.
I’ve shared a little bit before about the benefits of sleep, and I’ve also seen firsthand both the wellness and health effects of sleep deprivation with others. I even know of people who’ve had a heart attack and died because of improper rest. It’s not a place that I want to be—at all.
Thus, I’m not waiting until the New Year to make a commitment to improving my quality of sleep and getting more of it. I am making the pledge right now. If I want to reap the many benefits of a good night’s sleep, I must began putting good habits in place right away.
Because the truth is, I am beyond tired of walking around each day feeling beyond tired.
Need More Sleep
If you suffer from insomnia (can’t fall asleep, or fall asleep but toss and turn) you are not alone. The National Sleep Foundation provides great resources for people who are suffering from sleep health issues such as insomnia, narcolepsy, cataplexy and many others. To learn more, visit www.sleepfoundation.org and www.sleep.org. You can also visit www.beyondtired.org, a great resource for people who suffer from insomnia across the country to help them and inspire them to reach better sleep.
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