Sleep is the Key

This is going to be a rambly one because I’m currently on major sleep debt. 3 days of minimal sleep; only 30 minutes last night. Pardon my dust.

I have something to admit: I have poor sleep hygiene. This has been a longstanding issue throughout my entire life.

The following is a list of things that contribute to poor sleep health

  • Staying up late
  • Sleeping in
  • Smoking pot
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drinking coffee in the afternoon
  • Overeating
  • Playing videogames before bed

And the following is a list of things I like to do:

  • Staying up late
  • Sleeping in
  • Smoking pot
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drinking coffee in the afternoon
  • Overeating
  • Playing videogames before bed

See any problems here?

In graduate school I took a Psychology of Health class. My professor, who I really liked, had a class dedicated to sleep health. One of the things he said that really stuck with me was this:

“You want to know what it’s like to be ninety years old? Stay up all night; do not get any sleep. Then go to work. That’s what it feels like to be ninety.”

Dr. (redacted), Psychology professor at (redacted) University

For the past couple of weeks I have been living that life. And I’m sick of it. I don’t want to be ninety years old anymore.

Lately I’ve been dealing with an ennui in my personal life due to a few low-level chronic conditions. Pain and sleeplessness. And guess what; they feed into each other and make each other worse. it sucks.

I’m done.

I’m stating this as a promise to myself. An act of self compassion: no more avoidable disturbances to me sleep.

I have made a sleep log and will be tracking my habits. I shall keep myself honest.

No more of the following:

  • Staying up late
  • Sleeping in
  • Smoking pot
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Drinking coffee in the afternoon
  • Overeating
  • Playing videogames before bed