Why Sleep is Important: An Accidental Personal Experiment

I have always been one of those people who need more than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. It takes about nine and a half to ten hours for me to feel the best. Much more or less than that is a tried and true recipe with results of tiredness (bet you didn’t see that one coming), moodiness, cloudy thinking, and missing things right in front of my face.

Right now, I am struggling to stay awake. And it’s only seven o clock.

Why?

Well, I have to get up at 5 in the morning for four days at the beginning of the week. The other days of the week, I have to work until eight or nine pm. Since it’s one of the days where I got up at five, in order to get the ideal amount of sleep I need to go to bed…. Right about now. Which is a little early for someone who is more of a night owl.

But, I also have to write every day and post it to this blog. If you care enough to look back on the publishing times for the past several weeks (which I’m sure you don’t, so I’ll just flat out tell you), you’ll find that I have been hitting the ‘post’ button at about 9 pm every night with a little bit of variation. This is mostly because I find my writing is of a better quality at night and at this point, it’s become a habit to write at this time.

A simple Google search will tell you that sleep deprivation isn’t a good thing. But just in case you wanted to hear it from me, it sucks. Besides the symptoms mentioned several paragraphs above, I can’t think, I get headaches, and my productivity goes way down.

So, instead of editing this like I probably should, I’m going to go to sleep. Thanks for reading this meandering article.

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