I heard the phrase “I will sleep when I am dead” so many times during my time working for a global technology company . I would usually hear this response when team members happily agreed to work late. Hell, I started saying it too, as, not only was I a perfectionist and workaholic, I have an agreeable personality type, so didn’t want to let my seniors down.
Working late nearly always means ‘Burning the candle at both ends.’ It’s ok to do this for a short period, but when we do this regularly, it can have a detrimental effect on our wellbeing. Doing it all the time and not getting enough sleep will eventually bite hard and do lasting damage. It did for me and I am paying the price for it now.
Dying to Sleep
So many people don’t have a choice when it comes to sleep. There are not enough hours in the day for working mothers or the people working two or more jobs to make ends meet. Shift workers don’t even get to sleep at the best time of the day, let alone the right amount of hours.
When we burn that candle at both ends for extended periods of time, it might not be apparent that our brains are dying to sleep until it is too late and long-term chronic sleep deprivation kicks in. It can take years to recover from this, if ever at all.
Sleeping to Die
Choosing not to sleep enough hours every night is basically ‘sleeping to die’ because of the long-term chronic sleep deprivation it will cause. This is pretty much the worst thing we can ever do for our health and wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can result in a whole host of associated illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke and seizures, not to mention the detrimental effects on the brain. It can cause cognitive impairment, memory loss, lack of judgement and can lead to diseases of the brain. WebMD has an excellent article on their website that covers other risks: 10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss
What is your reason for sleeping to die? Is it late night movies; social media addiction, too much partying, staying on gadgets instead of sleeping, or video games?
Don’t Wait Until You are Dead!
Charlie says “get some sleep!” The most important thing we can do is SLEEP!
The most important thing we can ever do for our health, wellbeing and mental health is – SLEEP! We need to sleep the right amount of hours that our brain and body need. You might not need 8 hrs. You might only need around 6 hrs, or it might be as long as 9 hrs. However long our own brain needs, if we don’t get that amount, it will suffer in the long run – trust me, I know!
If I got £10 for every time, I heard the phrase ‘I will sleep when I’m dead’ when I worked in the corporate world, I would be writing this from a sunny beach in the Carribean, outside my second home!
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