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Thoughts On Sleep

First, I think I'm finally "caught up" on my sleep. I feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, ready to attack the day. I'm brewing up a big ol' cup of Irish Breakfast tea, which I'll enjoy with a spoonfull of locally produced honey. So that's good and everything.

Now I've got another thought on sleep that's been banging around in my head for a while. See, I really don't get enough sleep. I make do with what I get, and every now and then just kinda crash and catch back up with a normal(ish) schedule. Some nights, even when I go to bed, I can't get to sleep -- my mind is still racing, and just needs to calm down before it will let my body go to sleep.

It's times like that when I think about the possibility of looking into getting some sleep aids. There are several OTC options like Tylonol PM, Advil PM, or even just Benedryl. There's also a slew of prescription options, which I see advertised on television from time to time. But here's the thing that gets me when I see those advertisements -- they almost always include a disclaimer. "Before taking XXX, be sure that you have a full 8 hours to devote to sleep." Now, that's the problem -- I usually don't have 8 hours. What I want is something that will help me make the most of the 6 hours that I devote to a night's sleep. I simply don't want to give those other two hours up for sleeping. So, whenever I find myself contemplating sleep aids, I go back to the thought that if I followed their instructions and devoted 8 hours to sleep, I probably wouldn't need the aid.

*shrug* That's just how it is for me right now.

Comments

belovedcrown
Jun. 2nd, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
you are possibly cutting time off your lifespan with lack of sleep.

personally it is an area that i cannot compromise on. if i don't get enough sleep then i am irritable and cannot function at full capacity. that plus knowing my lifespan would be affected by consistent sleep deprivation are all the motivation i need to make surei get enough sleep for me, which is at least 8 hours. some people of course need less and some need more.

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