It’s on days like today when I long for the ability to function on practically no sleep with little negative effect. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I used to be just fine if I missed a night’s sleep. Right now I am so tired I can barely see straight and I’ve had a headache all day that previously would have only accompanied a hangover.
Obviously as I’ve gotten older, my ability to bounce back has disappeared. Normally this isn’t really an issue. It’s not as though I’m running around partying. But, the other things that’s happened as I’ve gotten older is that I sometimes have inexplicable bouts of insomnia. So, last night I got into bed, feeling tired and ready to succumb to a good night’s sleep. Instead I watched the light change through my window and fell asleep after 6am, with my alarm going off at 8am.
The insomnia sneaks up on me and though sometimes I’m able to conquer it, other times I make it worse, by surfing the net, watching TV, doing things that keep me awake and keep me stimulated, rather than allow me to wind down. I’ve never been particularly disciplined about getting a good night’s sleep and have always been able to get by on just enough, or even not quite enough sleep. However, I’ve noticed that within the last year or so, the sleep deprivation has been much harder to deal with.
I know that lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and it’s clear that when I’m really tired, I tend to make worse food choices. I struggle already with ADHD, but adding on top of that a lack of sleep, makes the struggle far more difficult. I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, but I know that something’s gotta give. Right now I literally feel drunk and hungover at the same time. That just can’t be good. So, I’m making a New Year’s resolution, if a bit prematurely…MORE SLEEP IN 2009.
DISCLAIMER — THE ABOVE POST WAS WRITTEN ON WAY TOO LITTLE SLEEP. ALL RAMBLING AND LACK OF ANY COHERENT THOUGHTS IN SAID POST ARE DUE TO ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…….