I envy my husband sometimes. I envy the way he can come to the bedroom while having a full-fledged conversation with me and then, in the middle of the conversation, he can fall asleep without any preparation. He doesn’t have to fluff his pillow or make sure the fitted sheet is actually covering the mattress. He doesn’t have to have the closet or bathroom door shut in order to sleep. He doesn’t have to do much self-maintenance before going to sleep. He can just lay his head on his pillow after setting his alarm and within 5 minutes, he’s knocked out like a light. I, on the other hand, have to make sure the doors are locked, check on the child, shut the open doors in the house (this includes the closet and the bathroom doors in our room), fluff my pillow, make sure the bed is fixed correctly with the fitted sheet covering the mattress, talk about something, set the alarm, have something playing in the background, play about five rounds each of Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Saga and have the overhead fan on before I even think about sleeping. This can make for a very long night before I can even close my eyes.
The problem with this picture is that my husband sleeps on average four to six hours as opposed to my seven hours minimum that I require to get a good night’s sleep. When I sleep the same amount of hours as him, I’m groggy, slow, inconsistent, whiny, angry, and anything else that is totally opposite of his bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, optimistic self. In my curiosity, I researched sleep deprivation and found out that while I am unintentionally setting myself up for some health issues, I may have them anyway because I’m not sleeping as much and as deeply as I should be on a nightly basis.
Often times, the irritability is the sign that shows the fastest when I’m sleep deprived but it’s also accompanied by anxiety. I’m very, very anxious when I’m sleep deprived. I feel a pain in my foot and I’m ready to go to the ER to get it examined because I read somewhere in times past that it may affect a major organ. In my sleep deprived state, I forget all about how I accidentally hit it on an object or that my kid stepped (really meant jumped but I didn’t want it to make her sound mean) on it. If you note on the image above, many of these symptoms are things that are many times fixed with a pill. Far be it a simple concept but what if adequate sleep is the cure we need for so many of the health issues we have today?
In the end, we’re always wanting to take better care of our health. However, regardless of how much research and healthy encouragement there is for all of us to get better sleep, we still find ourselves wanting to complete tasks or to “wind down” with stirring movements (such as me making up the bed or strolling the entire house to lock it up or to check on the child). We will make mention that there is not enough time in the day when in fact, there may be plenty of time but we’re avoid taking advantage of it for the right things. Sleep is a right thing. Sleep is always a right thing when it comes to being healthy. The image above show seven reasons why it’s a right thing for your health.
Until next time, if you’re experiencing sleep deprivation, I know how difficult it can be to get through the day. So below is a list of things you can do to get a better night’s sleep. Feel free to use them. I know I am the next time I go to bed for the night.