Imagine someone sitting in a staff meeting who missed the last three minutes of discussion because they fell asleep with their eyes open. And it’s not that the meeting is boring, it’s because they only got four hours of sleep the night before. Can you relate? I certainly can.
Many a time I have been at work and barely able to keep my eyes open. This is why caffeine was invented if you ask me. But why am I so tired? Well, perhaps a look at the evening before could be most telling.
Raise your hand if one or all of these paint a picture of you:
- You repeatedly go to bed much later than you should; I’m talking 2-3 hours later.
- You can’t help but watch an episode of your favorite show before going to bed, and it is so intense with a cliffhanger that you HAVE to watch the next episode too.
- You don’t have a TV in your bedroom, but instead, you play your favorite games on your iPhone. For me, that would be Disney Magic Kingdoms, Disney Dream Treats and Disney Emoji Blitz. Do you see a pattern?
- You fall asleep only to wake up finding your iPhone still in your hand. I can’t tell you how many times I find myself in this scenario… with a game still in progress. Seriously.
- You crawl into bed and set your alarm for the next morning, only to adjust it an hour or two later. You are still awake, and you realize that your 5:30 a.m. rise-and-shine time ain’t happening so you change it to 6 a.m. or maybe even 6:30 a.m. Getting up later naturally will cause you to get ready in a rush in the morning.
My question for you is: Tired much? Man, I am tired much. Every single statement is me – every single one. Thankfully not all at once, but lately, who I am kidding, all the time, one is in play every night. And the depressing part is I have no one to blame but myself.
I know that I need eight hours of sleep each night. I KNOW this. Sure, I can get by on 3-4 hours of sleep once in a blue moon but never as a general practice. In fact, I am learning not even seven or seven and half hours are sufficient. This girl needs a full eight to be firing on all cylinders. So why don’t I make sleeping eight hours a priority? Great question.
This is an on-going discussion with my husband because I complain about always being tired. Bottomline, I like staying up at night. I am not a morning person, but maybe that’s because I am always dragging due to lack of sleep! There is something fun about staying up late watching TV, occasionally eating ice cream, and playing my assortment of Disney games. But at what cost? At the cost of my overall health and ability to function.
I will admit that if I get too tired, I start to weep. Anytime I am crying for no reason, and I am borderline irrational, it’s a safe bet that I am sleep deprived. Then I am useless on all levels. The only thing I am good for is a nap!
A couple of Fridays ago I felt awesome. Halfway through the day, I understood why. I had spent the two previous days doing nothing but resting, and that included getting at least eight hours of sleep at night. That great feeling should be enough to keep me committed to eight hours no matter what, right?
I think getting the right amount of sleep may always be something I struggle with, but I am determined to make the change. I do recognize it will require me to give up some of my play and watching habits (insert big sad face here). I also know that I can’t do it on my own. Even something as trivial as sleep I need to take before the Lord. He will happily help me, but I need to ask, and then do my part. Go to bed!
- Do you ever delay in going to bed, or is that just a Megan issue?
- How does lack of sleep affect you? Have you found that it impacts aspects of your life?
- Do you believe there is a difference between sleep and rest? And if so, in what ways?
My personal truth is that I need sleep, and I need rest. Not to split hairs but for me, there is sleep so your body can restore itself, and then rest for your mind, emotional well-being, and spirit. Yes, rest can come through sleep, but I think there are other things necessary for rest on all levels. That’s a whole other blog!
Ps… I am currently in Vegas with my mom. I am getting eight hours of sleep… just not your traditional hours.