I owe a lot. I have a huge debt. A sleep debt. In fact, lets not even call it a debt. Let’s call it negative net worth. I haven’t slept in years. Not well, anyway. You might be wondering, why? Could it be hormones? Stress? Too much looking at the gadgetry before bedtime? Too much caffeine, or sugar, or late night exercise? Most likely, it’s all of the above. You can tell I’m well versed on this not sleeping thing, huh?
Here is a statistic for you; 40% of Americans are sleep deprived. In fact, sleep deprivation is an epidemic, and a great public health concern. I know I’m concerned about my lack of sleep. While doing a little research for this blog post, I stumbled across a video that National Geographic, in partnership with the NIH and The Public Good Projects created. It was about the epidemic of sleep deprivation in America. I watched it, and you can too with the link below:
In reality, I’m not trying as hard as I should to get this lack of sleep under control. Sometimes I have caffeine in the afternoon, or eat something sugary. Sometimes when everything else gets in the way of my daily workout I am on the treadmill at 7 pm, trying to get it done. And yes, at times, I’m under the covers at bedtime, looking at my Ipad. Sure, I could take a nap on the weekend, or go to bed earlier. But it just seems like there is always stuff that needs to get done. And who’s going to do it? And after the chores are done, what about my hobbies? Where is the time for them? But the sleep debt adds up. And I’m finding that the older that I get the more difficult it is to burn the candle at both ends.
Relaxation is helpful. Whether it’s humming yourself to sleep or listening to a podcast to wind down, I think it all has to do with priorities and taking care of yourself. Our lives and the world around us are very busy. It’s hard to navigate and remember to take care of ourselves. But we must take care of ourselves. No one can do it for us. I’m pledging to myself to try harder. How about you?
Do you have trouble sleeping? What do you do to help fall sleep? I’d like to hear about it. I’ll talk to you soon.
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