Question to anyone reading this: did you get enough sleep last night?
Be honest. I won’t tell anyone.
And I know you’re not being flippant when you answer, because I’m not being flippant, either.
I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Or enough sleep two nights before. And I certainly wasn’t getting enough sleep two weeks ago.
How did I know?
Because I got a lot of very interesting and disturbing physical symptoms.
Signs I Wasn’t Getting Enough Sleep
Day One – Delirious Deception
The first day after not getting enough sleep isn’t so bad. But of course, this is how it tricks you. I actually feel a little buzzed, a touch giddy. My mind is still relatively sharp, and I even feel a little bit more motivated to get things done. I make jokes at work that are engaging, fun. Hi-larious.
I get home feeling proud. Could I go for a nap? Sure. But I’ve job–I mean, got some other work to do. So let’s do that, instead. Bedtime will come eventually.
Day Two – Just Five More Minutes
Bedtime does come eventually–three or four hours before I’m supposed to wake up. My eyelids are slow to lift; my body is slow to rise. Everything feels a bit heavy. I have a headache, but nothing a bit of Aleve can’t handle. I just gotta get through the day.
Concentration is tough. The three meetings that I must engage in make it even harder. People ask me questions; I know I know the answer. I mumble something. They give me strange looks. Great; I’ve alienated even more people from my life. Why did I say that dumb thing?
Skip to Day Five – Smear-My-Face Exhausted
I hurt. But I gotta get this project done. Focus, B. Why do I feel like throwing up all of a sudden? This headache has been hear for the last three days. And Aleve isn’t working anymore. Stop getting distracted, B! I’d love to take a day off, but I gotta work. Everyone’s counting on me. But no one likes me, so why am I even trying? Why doesn’t anyone like me? What is their problem?
Did I misspell something earlier? It still kinda makes sentse, its gonna.
Skip to Day Nine – This Be a–a Suck
Everthing stupid. Hate all. Why is tree so crying don’t wanna work. What I was doing? Huh? Ugh Gujhvh.
Skip to Day Eleven – SYS3TM F@lUr3
I can’t see.
The Deterioration of Health without Enough Sleep
I wish I could say the last few sections were me exaggerating, but I’m not. Managing my sleep patterns has been a struggle for me since college. I was not a college party-goer; however, I still became involved in the “finish reports at the last minute” club, all the way up to me hovering in my dorm door, hand poised over the printer’s paper tray as it spit out my latest “masterpiece.”
Today, I have multiple projects that I am juggling as I frantically learning to manage my time better. Even though I gave up my proofreading business for now, I’m busier than ever–and with seemingly less hours in the day to complete everything. My weekends are my only respite, but even then I spend 50% of the time visiting friends that I neglected during the week.
In a week’s time, I will be flying out to Europe for a week and a half for a global young leadership forum that my manager at work nominated me to attend. The forum will be full of people–a plethora of networking and business opportunities that I must–need–to take advantage of. And I absolutely need to be at the top of my game.
It’s bad enough that I’m a socially awkward super introvert. I certainly can’t afford to be a half-asleep, overly anxious, mortifyingly moody, socially awkward super introvert.
I’m juggling a lot of balls, including my sleep quality. Now that life’s momentum is truly running in my direction, I can’t afford to drop anything now.
One site that I learned of last week and am thoroughly impressed with (and fully intend to immerse myself in over the next few months) is Tuck.com. Tuck: Advancing Better Sleep, is a online community of valuable, slumber-based information. It’s dedicated to bringing not just more information on sleep itself, but also offers unbiased reviews on resources and products that will help you sleep better.
Honestly, as much as I love sleep, I’m surprised I’ve never heard of them. But I intend to delve more into what they say, especially on the ties between sleep and mental health.
Enough Sleep will Give You…Enough
I know I am the worst perpetrator of not getting enough sleep. I am also the last person who should be giving advice about it. That being said, the last three weeks of adverse physical and emotional systems were more than enough to make me nervous. If I want to be able to maintain all of the projects that I am working on, I need to be in the best condition I can be.
And as simple as it may seem, it begins with good sleep.
Though in this case, it will end with sleep.
Cuz it be night, and it’s my bedtime.