Sleep. You’re not getting enough of it. You know that’s true, but you always have an excuse for it. Work. Kids. The new season of Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. It’s tough to get it all done, and sleep usually loses that battle. We wear it on our sleeves like a badge of honor. “I only got like 2 hours of sleep last night.” “I’ve been up for 3 days straight.” “I haven’t slept since 1987.” Yikes.
I know you have a lot on your plate, but here’s the thing. You’re not doing yourself any favors by spreading yourself so thin. The less sleep you get, the less efficient you become. Two hours of work ends up taking you three hours. You end up sick all the time. You gain weight. You end up tired, cranky, and arguing with your significant other because they bought the wrong type of dish detergent.
Every time you get on a plane, they remind you to put on your oxygen mask before helping those with you. That’s what we’re doing. You can’t help others if you’ve passed out from oxygen deprivation. Sleep deprivation is the same.
Make yourself a plan. Maybe you have to miss the end of the game and catch the score in the morning. Maybe you have to skip your afternoon latte or switch to decaf. I’m not sure what you have to do, but give it a shot. You’ll lose weight, think more clearly, your relationships will get better, and you’ll live longer. Which is great if you have great relationships and a rockin’ bod, right?!?!
For a quick article on sleep, check out this journal article.
If you’re looking for more detail, give this book a read.