How well do you sleep at night?

Insomnia is Latin for “no sleep”. It is a serious health condition that means you have the inability to fall asleep or remain asleep. All over the internet you will find thousands of articles about not getting enough sleep. Here are some common lists of issues that you can have when you don’t give it enough rest:

  • tiredness (duh)
  • irritability (UG, irritability)
  • memory loss
  • premature aging
  • depression
  • slow reaction time: “When sleep deprived, the brain is essentially too tired to process the information it is receiving effectively. The information eventually gets through, but the processing takes notably longer than in a person who is not sleep deprived. Most commonly, you notice your slower reaction times when in traffic. Although you might see a car in front of you running a red light, it takes some time until you gather yourself and step on the breaks. Slowed reflexes (and thus reaction time) are probably the most dangerous sign of sleep deprivation. Even a little sleep deprivation can still cause a measurable decrease in reaction time, which can prove to be fatal when getting behind the wheel.”
  • anxiety
  • attention deficiency
  • heart disease and hypertension
  • clumsiness ( < – LOL that’s all me!)
  • weight gain or weight loss (Who are they kidding? It’s probably gonna be weight gain.)

My goal for the next 30 days is to get 8 hours of sleep every single night. (I am starting tonight because last night I stayed awake reading this amazing book by Jodi Picoult – AMAZING writer. I seriously kept telling myself that I needed to get to sleep, but the next thing I knew it was 2am. :/ )

Because I have such an active lifestyle and am not sure if I believe in the whole “sleep debt” theory, I think 8 hours each night for a whole month with definitely let me know if I am sleep deprived because of my poor sleep behaviors. Anyways, I am going to see how I feel. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Have a great week!

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3 thoughts on “How well do you sleep at night?

  1. cmvanvleet

    Lol – I don’t have this problem anymore. I started taking Melatonin and now I HAVE to get 8-10 hours a night. It helped me recondition my body for sleeping. That and massage therapy have really helped. Boy, this message sounds really spam-y but it’s not meant to be. The stuff works.

  2. cmvanvleet

    Yes, and 3 mgs is all you need. It’s pretty awesome stuff for me. I agree, a lot of the over-the-counter stuff was just too powerful for me and left me feeling out of it. The only drawback is if I take melatonin at midnight, I will not be able to get up before 8 a.m. – period. (This morning was a perfect example). No matter how many alarms I set, I will sleep the full eight hours. But knowing that usually means I plan better (usually) and try to be in bed by 10.

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