Sleep Deprived

I often stare into space when I finally take my lunch break, just then realizing how tired I am. I have convinced myself that I don’t need much sleep and that it’s more important to live every minute to the fullest. There have been times I find myself sleepwalking through the day, my head drooping, eyes closing as I try to work. Somedays I need a mental slap to muster up enough energy to complete my job and get my workout in, only to realize I have more work to do at home.

I move from tea to coffee just to keep myself going in the morning. This really isn’t the answer. Getting the proper amount of rest is what I need. I just can’t seem to make it happen no matter how hard I try. I wonder if more people are unable to get sleep by choice like me or if they are plagued by other reasons such as a medical condition. If by choice, then is the reason FOMO (fear of missing out), not being organized enough, putting too much on our plates, or do we have our priorities in the wrong place?

As a woman (no offense to the men who are reading this post), I know we can feel overwhelmed by the additional responsibility of keeping the home running smoothly. I have spoken to men that feel like they bring home the lion’s share of the family income and that’s where their responsibility is spent. Not always by choice but by the demands of their career and hours spent climbing the corporate ladder. This becomes their priority and leaves them mentally exhausted.

If you are a single parent, you may find yourself both mentally and physically spent. When you are a mom, dad, sole provider, chief cook, and bottle washer, there never seems to be enough time to sleep. Every parent is tired but when you have no one, and I mean no one to take the load off of you, sleep deprivation has a whole new meaning.

If you are unable to sleep for medical reasons such as insomnia, hot flashes, restless leg syndrome, stress, or any other conditions, you may feel like you never see the inside of your eyelids. For those people, this is not necessarily self-inflicted but a painful reality and causes the same outcome. Can a mid-day nap help in these cases?

The experts say napping is one of the best ways to combat sleep deprivation and 20 minutes a day is all you need. Taking a nap can lower your heart attack risk and make you more productive at work. The US is not leading the crusade in this area, but several large companies realize that keeping their employees well rested and happy is the most efficient way to run a company.  After reading the article below, I was pleased to see the change coming. It makes me feel like there is hope for future generations. If we get a good nights rest, including naps into the big picture, we might treat ourselves just a bit better. Not only will our productivity improve but so will our health.

If I’m being honest, I could go out to my car and nap for 20 minutes on my lunch break then feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of my day. That would be self-preservation. But how nice would it be to have space at the office to meditate, practice yoga or take a 20-minute power nap?  

I would love to hear how many hours of sleep a night you get. Do you take a nap during the day or does your employer offer a nap area?

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