Ten Reasons Sleep is Good for You

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    Life in the Fast Lane. You expect the Zipping and Zooming. Turns out in 2014, Life in the Slow Lane moves at a pretty fast clip. Is this a good? Or with each Zip and Zoom are you driving yourself deeper into a state of chronic exhaustion and sleep deprivation?

    You’re wired to rest and sleep. Maybe you can get away with pushing yourself and still “function” in an exhausted state for a short period of time (a Badge of Honor in some circles). Long term, there are serious ramifications.

    Sleep deprivation has been a form of torture from way-back-when. It includes: not enough time actually sleeping, having your sleep disrupted, and having your sleep be unrestful.

    Why should you want restful, uninterrupted, prolonged sleep?

    1. Attitude ~ You don’t get enough sleep, you’re going to be a grouch. Grouches are neither pleasant to be nor be around. (Besides, irritable people tend to fight a lot.)

    2. Accidents ~ When you’re barreling down the road in a multi-ton vehicle or operating a multi-ton piece of machinery, and your reflexes aren’t up to par, bad things can happen…to you and others. (They can also happen when you’re slicing an orange to make orange juice and because you’re so tired, you wind up slicing your thumb to the bone!)

    Exhausted3. Aesthetics/Vanity ~ You are not going to look attractive toting around huge steamer trunks under your eyes, or having eyes dull and glazed over.

    4. Creativity and Coherent Speech ~ While you may be able to maintain a certain level of “functioning” in your day-to-day exhausted-life, creativity, articulating your thoughts, and speaking coherently require high-energy. (In short supply amongst the sleep deprived.)

    5. Emotions ~ Whacked out hormones aren’t the only thing that’ll make you emotional. Go for the whacked out sleeping pattern and see how emotional you get. (This is incredibly irritating if you’re fond of being in control and professional.)

    6. Focus and Concentration ~ Have you noticed when you’re focusing very hard (studying perhaps), or concentrating intensely, your appetite increases? That’s your brain demanding fuel.

    Oh My Aching Head!7. Happy Head ~ Headaches are uninvited guests. They come. They stay for extended periods of time. They make themselves at home. And the “homes” they like best are attached to the bodies of the sleep deprived.

    8. Immune System ~ Germs, bacteria, and viruses are on patrol 24/7. They find any way into your immune system, they’re going to come in, wreck havoc and make you feel lousy. Sleep is one of the essential ingredients to maintaining a strong immune system.

    9. Learning ~ When you’re busy spacing because you’re so incredibly tired, not much is going to get in. Your short-term memory is also affected which cuts down on your retention/learning ability

    Smoochies10. Libido ~ Sleep deprivation causes major diminishment. (To say nothing of your enjoyment and/or performance.)

    Turns out those seriously sleep deprived share much in common with those of high blood alcohol levels. (There’s also quite a bit of research going on into the connection between long-term sleep deprivation to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even genetic disruption.) There’s value in allowing yourself to sleep. Go for it!

    Here’s wishing you and yours many nights of restful, uninterrupted, and prolonged slumber.

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    Tammy - February 26, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    After reading all of the things we do to ourselves when we don’t get enough rest …. it made me want to take a nap! I’m guilty of experiencing many of those effects, much to my own dismay. Life is exhausting, no matter what lane you’re in. I try to get enough rest, but its easier said than done. I think I need to work on the ability to shut my mind down. Once I can do that, I think I can chill with the best of them. ALWAYS love, love your doodles!!!

    Catherine Gacad - February 26, 2014 - 7:45 pm

    my husband loves his sleep. if he could, he’d get 12-15 hours a day. so we try to sleep in every opportunity we get, especially before the baby arrives!

    Tana Bevan - February 26, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Tammy–The turning off of the mind is a definite challenge, particularly in our wired/techno world. Interesting so many religions (and philosophies) advocate meditation and taking regular breaks (such as “observing the Sabbeth”).

    Sometimes I think the way to world peace could be as simple as daily naps. Say, 20-30 minutes every afternoon around 3:00ish? And while daily naps might not be in your schedule, I recall you were aiming for the weekly 24-hour techno-unplug. That still happening?

    Tana Bevan - February 26, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Catherine — CONGRATS!!!! Wishing you a speedy delivery when the time comes.

    It would be great if rest could be shored up and banked. Alas that’s not how it works. Still with baby on the way you have an added incentive to enjoy sleeping, while you can. Pleasant dreams. *smiles*

    Sheila Bergquist - February 27, 2014 - 12:57 am

    Tana, couldn’t agree with you more! I was a chronic non sleeper when I was younger and don’t know how I kept it up! Now, it has become one of my top priorities. Love the doodles! I am, in fact, off to bed right now…perfect timing for me to read this…haha.

    Tana Bevan - February 27, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Sheila — I think most of us go through a period, late teens to early 20s where we don’t sleep much. Probably due more to our burning desire to “do it all” than not needing it. Of course, you of many cats have a double-edged sword. If kitties are in cuddle/purring mode they may help you sleep. If they are in playful mood … well, all bets are off. Haha. Hope you had a restful night’s sleep.

    Sheila Bergquist - February 27, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    Haha…luckily they are pretty much on my schedule. However Chloe will come right up to my face and meow very loudly if she thinks it’s time for me to get up…sometimes about a half hour BEFORE it’s actually time. So my sleep is not always uninterrupted.
    Yes, when we are younger we want to “do it all”…now I just want to do “just what I have to” :D

    Tana Bevan - February 27, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Sheila — That’s the thing about cats … they don’t tend to be doormats. They want something, they’re going to let you know, in no uncertain terms. As for time clocks well, like young children they are on their own schedule. However, unlike most children who grow out of it and learn to respect your down time/quiet time and need for sleep, cats tend to remain in the I’m-in-your-face-because-I-want-something-and-I-want-it-now mode. Cats get away with a lot because of their soothing purr. *smiles*

    Sheila Bergquist - February 28, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    Soooo true!!!