Be Wide Awake When You’re Supposed To Be
Are you one of the 65% of Americans who experience some sort of sleep disorder? Be honest with yourself. Have you ever almost dozed off while driving your car? A lot of people have, you aren’t the only one.
Just imagine how wonderful you could feel if you learned how to get adequate sleep every night. You’d have more energy, be more creative and alert, and even have a better attitude.
As frightening as the thought is of the consequences of actually falling asleep at the wheel, thankfully it does not happen to everyone. But there are effects from a lack of sleep that can happen to everyone: short-term memory loss, decreased mental capability, bad moods, headaches, and many other health and behavior concerns. And all of these lead to a reduction in productivity during the day.
The sad truth is that many of us suffering from lack of sleep don’t realize we have a problem or we think it’s just part of life and keep on going or drink caffeinated products to help us stay awake and get through our day (among other things)…day after day after day. We may not even know what it actually feels like to be wide awake and refreshed!
It’s understandable how we fall into this trap. Many of us are juggling at least one job, running errands for the family, maintaining our homes, performing daily household chores, possibly helping out our parents or volunteering in the community. When we have so many tasks to accomplish in one day, sometimes it seems that the easiest thing to “give up” is sleep.
But sleep is the wrong thing to miss out on: there is no substitute for sleep. We can’t “make up” for sleep on the weekends. And by routinely getting fewer hours of sleep each night than we should, we are compiling those negatives and making the reversal of them even more challenging.
While we are sleeping our body rests and rebuilds, and our mind gets the opportunity to recharge. A healthy sleep regimen is like eating right and exercising; it’s all part of a healthy lifestyle.
So do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? When the alarm clock wakes you up, do you still feel tired and dragged-out? Do you get less than the recommended 6 to 8 hours of wholesome sleep every night? If you answered yes, you are probably suffering from a sleep disorder and you need to do something about it!
Just imagine how wonderful you could feel if you learned how to get adequate sleep every night. You’d have more energy, be more creative and alert, and even have a better attitude. Maybe you’d actually be able to accomplish more in less time (and be safe while doing it)!
Kimberly J. McCloskey