Last week I challenged you to write down what time you wake up and what time you go to bed each day, and to write down how you’re feeling emotionally, physically, before you go to bed each night etc. Did you try it? Were you surprised by anything? Did you see a trend anywhere? Did you find you were exhausted? Grumpy? Keyed up an unable to go to sleep? Let’s chat about it in the comments!
We’re at the beginning of this #insomniaLounge journey together, and you might think you get enough sleep, but be surprised to find out that lack of sleep is causing stress, lack of patience, grumpiness etc, during the day, and that simply grabbing a few more zzz’s can change your whole perspective. Or, you might know you’re exhausted, and need more sleep but can’t seem to get those zzz’s you know you need.
It’s more complex than simply going to bed earlier, and we’re working our way through Sleepless in America to find out how and why sleep is impacting us in unexpected ways, and what to do about it. (Note: This is not a sponosored or affiliate post in any way. We just believe Sleep and Rest are crazy important and want to share it with you.)
This week, let’s think about how it feels when you know you’re short on sleep. When the kiddos have been keeping you up all night and you’ve only snatched a couple hours here and there. Or when some big project keeps you up well past midnight even though you have to be up bright and early…
Below is my list of what happens to me when I don’t get enough sleep. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments!
- Can’t make the simplest decisions (What to make for dinner? I stare blankly at the pantry unable to think of a single thing to make, or I wander aimlessly through the grocery store taking 30 minutes to find 3 items.)
- Clumsy (I’m generally clumsy as a rule, but when I’m extra tired, I run into the walls, stub my toe on the kitchen chair, drop a glass of juice in the kitchen, etc.)
- Zero patience, tolerance or kindness (My oldest asks me to fix him some Tang and I snap at him that he’s old enough to fix it himself. Or my youngest is d0-dah-do-dah-do-dah-do-dah-ing repetitively and a harsh “Stop it!” comes out of my mouth before I can stop myself.)
I used to think that these were just flaws I had that I should work on. Turns out every one of these things is directly related to not getting enough sleep! If I get enough sleep, I can control my thoughts, my body, and my reactions with ease. These ‘problems’ simply disappear (…for the most part. Let’s be real. I’m still human. )
Such a simple, painless fix!
New research has demonstrated the key role adequate sleep plays in the ability to control one’s emotions, behavior, and attention span. Without sufficient sleep, your…performance, mood, focus, and ability to work with others deteriorate rapidly. Power struggles begin with a lousy night’s sleep.
-Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Sleepless in America
Take Action: This week, keep a list of ALL the little things. Things that get on your nerves. Anytime you get stuck deciding what to wear, or making some other simple decision. Did you slop the pasta sauce out of the pan stirring too hard? Drop things? Do something clumsy or hurt yourself? Lose your keys…again? Write it down. Even if you think it’s NOT related to lack of sleep. We’ll come back to this list at the end of the series, so hang on to it! Put it by your bed where you won’t have to look for it later. :) And don’t forget:
Always put on your own *sleep* mask first…
Note: While the CMA posts will focus on sleep, your post for the linkup below is still free to be on any goal you’d like community and accountability in achieving. We’re so glad you’re here!