I have a love/hate relationship with sleep. I know I need it yet I am consistently getting around 4.5 to 5.5 hours a night. I can function well with around 6 hours of sleep. 3 to 4 hours of sleep though will have me acting like a semi-drunk 4 year old. My intelligence goes out the window. I can’t put words together to formulate sentences. I mumble. I may become grouchy. My strength is gone, which sometimes makes me giggle because it’s just such a strange feeling. The best way to describe it is feeling as if I am in quick sand…my efforts are there but I am not going anywhere.
I try to follow a healthy lifestyle but sleep seems to always be an issue. I am well aware of its’ importance yet I disregard it. There are consequences to my ignorance. I have been late for work numerous times this summer all because I have slept through my alarm. My lack of sleep usually throws my appetite and hunger signals all off. Driving should just be avoided. I am very easily distracted as is…born that way. Put me behind the wheel on 4 hours of sleep and I am a risk to society. Not only am I distracted, staring off into the distance, but now my reaction time is down 50%. On such little sleep my body becomes confused. My endocrine system starts to tweak, signaling some hormones and dismissing others. No bueno.
I need to fix this. Realistically I should start with a small goal…a week? A week of at least 6 hours of sleep per night. And if I make it, if I am actually successful, I will treat myself to a yoga class at my favorite studio, Shiva Skakti.