How did you sleep?
Get some sleep.
I need some sleep
Random topic? Yes. Maybe it’s just another sign of getting older… but sleep is something that I think about a lot. Mostly because I never feel like I can get enough of it. What’s interesting is that sleep seems to be the one component in life that we have absolutely no control over. You can eat all the right foods, exercise, drive safely, etc in order to take care of yourself, but you can’t force yourself to sleep.
Sadly, I feel stuck in a vicious cycle; I don’t sleep well… so I drag my lug-butt out of bed and start pouring coffee like it’s about to be outlawed (scary thought, right?). Drinking too much coffee keeps me up late so I don’t sleep well… so I drag my… (you get the point).
The thing that stays on my mind is how the lack of sleep affects so much of my day… maybe I’m obsessed! But, it’s also simple science:
Without adequate rest, the brain’s ability to function quickly deteriorates. The brain works harder to counteract sleep deprivation effects, but operates less effectively: concentration levels drop, and memory becomes impaired.
Similarly, the brain’s ability to problem solve is greatly impaired. Decision-making abilities are compromised, and the brain falls into rigid thought patterns that make it difficult to generate new problem-solving ideas. Insufficient rest can also cause people to have hallucinations. Other typical effects of sleep deprivation include:
- heart disease
- slower reaction times
- slurred speech
I love how I feel on those odd days when I have gotten a really good night’s rest… so alert, so productive, but sadly, so short-lived. Sadder still… I feel as though I’ve lost my ability to take a nap! I love naps… from what I can remember! Sometimes I wish my mom was still around to make me take a nap.
So, I’m curious… How much sleep do you get? …for that matter, is there something that you do that seems to help you get good sleep?