I broke my ribs 12 days ago (don't ask!) and now I am incoherent from a lack of sleep. It has been difficult to sleep when it feels like I am being stabbed to death by a raging Chuckie doll.
I am someone who has always gotten my 7.5 hours+ of sleep in. Do you get your sleep in? Without it, I am finding it difficult to type without tons of errors or put two thoughts together.I am also crabby and can't stop thinking about eating.
It is no wonder that sleep is so foundational to goals such as losing weight or training for a race, being engaging and nice in relationships, thinking and being productive at work or even being able to focus to pray.
Think about it. When you are low on sleep, aren't you more likely to skip a workout or prayer time because you are "too tired." Don't you eat more, whine more, forget more and just generally find yourself being "out of sorts?"
Drained of my normal sleep, I already dozed off today while Tim read me the Bible, didn't press "save" and lost a bunch of work, and threw a pea pod on the floor because I was frustrated.
In the book Brain Rules that I just read (which just took me forever to find because I am a zombie), author John Medina says, "The bottom line is that sleep loss means mind loss.It cripples thinking, hurts attention, immediate memory, working memory, mood, logical reasoning ability and eventually fine and gross motor control."
Put another way, it makes you crabby and act like a baby and even makes rice cakes look like they are good to eat.
Do you take your sleep seriously? The brain is doing all kinds of important things like repair, restoration and learning while we sleep. Lack of sleep is such brain drain that hurts our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health.Then why are so likely to kick it down the priority list so we can get one more project done or watch one more show?
If you are like me, you don't really believe something until you experience it. That is why this last 12 days has been a bit fascinating! I never really knew how vital 7.5+ hours of sleep was to my well being. Now I know. I am completely and totally off. I am more committed than ever to get well and treat my brain with the respect it deserves so it can do its thing. How about you?
That's it. I'm toast. Good night!
Motivating and Inspiring Great Health in Body, Mind and Spirit
Questions to ponder:
- How much sleep do you get?
- How much do you need to be at your best?
- What would have to be added or subtracted from your life to get your proper sleep in?
- What impact would that make on your life?