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The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation (as evidenced by this blog post)

So, you’ll have to forgive me. This post is, by its very nature going to be a little “me” centered. And possibly, at times, slightly incoherent. With a high probability of misspelled words. (though I’m counting on auto-correct to handle most of that. (and thank god for autocorrect, right?))

sleep cartoon

I know, just pretend to care. For me.

 

My sleep has been very broken up recently. And that’s really saying something since I have a 5 month old at home and she’s not the cause. No, she’s sleeping a solid 10-12 hours a night. I’m down to roughly… 3. Maybe 4 or 5 if it’s a good night. But those 4 or 5 are in 2 hour stretches, broken up by fitful waking and a lot of tossing and turning. I’ve not seen 3am this frequently since I was pulling all-nighter’s in college. But it’s been ongoing for about 3 weeks now and that’s long enough for me to (finally) accept that I’m in a bad-sleep-holding-pattern and I’m going to have to do something about it.

 

Sleep deprivation – whether it’s an inability to fall asleep, waking throughout the night, or waking too early – can, and often does, have multiple causes. An old lumpy mattress? Yep, that could cause some discomfort. Dealing with pain or illness? Mhmm, your sleep isn’t going to be as sound as you’d like – even though that’s probably when you need it most. A snoring partner or bed-hog pet? Don’t get me started – we’ve all been there. Also, in case it’s not readily clear: having an espresso an hour before bedtime probably won’t help your cause. Read More…

Does “Falling Back” Mean Falling into a Dark Place?

This weekend, as a nation – minus Arizona and Hawaii, of course – we will “fall back” as we regain the hour lost to us when we “sprung forward” in March. Yes, it’s Daylight Savings Time. Or the end of Daylight Savings Time. Frankly, I find the whole thing rather confusing and the chore of resetting all the clocks in my house to be rather tedious. Don’t get me started on the clock in my car – I have resigned myself to it only being correct for 7 months of the year. I’ll manage.

DST confused

Oops.

 

For some people, this joyous time of year marks an hour of extra sleep. For others, it marks the beginning of a rough adjustment for our internal clocks. For still others, this is a scary time. This time, for some, marks the beginning of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Read More…

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