SICK WITH TROUBLE SLEEPING

Hello everyone,

 

Wow, I am not feeling very well today. I think I’m on the border of either being sick or being well enough to show up to work. But here I am typing away regardless. Being sick is one of those things where it is sometimes hard to tell whether or not its good to just lay down and recoup or to go out and do something to take your mind off of it.

My dad used to make me exercise through nearly every illness, because, for whatever reason, he thought it would help me get through anything. Which, to be fair, he was right about. In any situation where my body had a fever, exercise would help because the same process of raising the body’s temperature would occur after running for long enough. Which is brilliant. Of course, there were other illnesses that I had in which it did practically nothing to whatever sickness I had, and instead I was just miserable for several hours. I don’t recall ever feeling worse, though I did have a sickness at one point in which there was so much phlegm built up in my chest that I had trouble breathing, and when I was forced to “play through it” I ended up playing without much breath. Which was absolutely the worst.

That being said, it taught me a lot about overcoming mental blocks. It also got my in a rhythm to challenge myself even when I was feeling unwell. Of course, this does come with it’s drawbacks. For example, when I have been really sick and probably should not have done anything except for sleep, I have often gotten out of bed and done things. Today is quite possibly one of those days.

Lately, I have not been functioning too well. My mind has been tired, my eyes have been tired, and every time I get out of bed I feel light headed. And it’s partially my fault because I stay up too late sometimes, though I also have the issue that when I take naps I end up sleeping for too long, which means I either don’t take a nap and am tired all night, or take a nap and I am for sure up too late, and don’t get a full night’s sleep. Perhaps I should be trying to get to sleep earlier. But there’s so little time in the day to do it all. If I go to sleep earlier, then I lose the opportunity to experience the things I enjoy as much.

Of course, it could very much be the fact that I am not getting enough sleep nowadays and that my body has left me sick. In which case it is self-inflicted. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

WAKING UP IN THE LATE AFTERNOON

Hello everyone,

 

How are you all doing today? Or rather, how was everyone doing at 8:22 am when I am writing this. Yeah, that’s right, I’m not your “lazy” college student that gets up at 2:00 pm every day. Though I have done that in the past. And I am not sure how I feel about people that wake up late. In fact, the only reason I don’t wake up later is that I work in the morning, and money is pretty important to survival in this day and age.

The reality is that people function on different internal clocks at various points in their life. Why do people always say that old people go to sleep early? Probably because there is a trend toward it. I would imagine that, at some point, the human body becomes accustomed to falling asleep prior a certain time, and waking up at a certain time. As you grow older, it’s quite possible that your body reacts to the sun going down more strongly than when you are younger.

Likewise, with teenagers and young adults, the internal clock is probably different. Their brains are just more awake at night. I have no idea why that is—and it is certainly possible that this is just a cyclical thing where we don’t go to bed early, wake up late, and then suddenly we all wake up late and go to sleep early. But I don’t think it’s that simple. Perhaps I’m just different than most of my peers, but I typically go to bed at about 12:30 am to 1:00 am, and wake up at 6:45 am for work (at least, during these summer hours that is). So roughly 6 hours of sleep per night. And I am always tired in the morning. But most people call me productive and successful to some extent because of this.

Which is simply not true, right? Most of these people that are up till 3:00 or 4:00 am and sleep until 2:00 pm are simply getting up later before they do things. Sure, they probably aren’t working the same hours as a “normal” person does. But think how many people can work from home nowadays. Is it really necessary that we demonize people who stay up late and sleep in late? Isn’t that just a waste of energy?

Well, it’s probably dualistic, like most things in life. Take for example the need to become a good citizen. I know, that’s often said in context of “we are being controlled and brain washed” but being a good citizen isn’t always a bad thing. Seriously, often times being a “good citizen” simply means being a responsible human being. So it simply helps sync everyone up when we all get up at the same time. Isn’t it a pain to contact someone when you wake up at 7:00 am and they wake up at 3:00 pm? You have better things to do.

But coming back to how we are programmed to vary our wake up times, it’s a reality we live in where people wake up at various times during the day, and not because of their own decisions. So perhaps we should focus less on demonizing people for something that is, at least partially, out of their control, and begin opening up options to empower their excessive wakefulness at unusual hours.