Today, clinic was all about sleep. Sleep being the ugly stepchild of many homes, its delicate nature is ignored, disrespected, discredited. We are forgetting the contribution to the unit. Every system suffers if sleep isn’t allowed to run it’s healing cycles round and round through a 7 hour night. Medications don’t work as well if the very neurotransmitters that they work on don’t get replenished. The meds are throwing a work-bee without the workers coming in. Our memories drift away, unconsolidated without the deep stages 3 and 4 coming over and over to weave them into us. Our cortisol levels don’t get staged and none of our bits and parts heal very well.
Every night we need to heal. So much happens daily. There is taking without asking. We don’t know our cupboards are empty until we are down right sick. That’s too far. Why get to that point?
Believe that sleep is medical, structural, biological. The results of what it does are nonnegotiable and don’t leave room for the reasons we give for why it isn’t served up.
I’m a night owl.
I take long showers.
I’m too anxious. I can’t turn my thoughts off.
I work the night shift.
Some people think that they can fight sleep with coping skills, water, interpersonal relationships, work, arguments, computer time, hobbies, exercise, medications, and all their good reasons why they can’t get enough. “Sleep” has heard it all. Break it into your belief. This fight is already won. By sleep. You will always lose. Sleep will always win. You must or you suffer.
It’s not personal. It’s objective so quit making it personal. Don’t even let yourself go to that cookie-jar full of excuses, no matter how you crave them. Just work it out. Work it out. No one can really tell you how. They’re your excuses that make sense to you, so what will you do with them? What will you do?
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Self-Care Tip #122 – Sleep well to live well. Be a friend to yourself.
Question: Why do you buy into this or don’t? If you buy it, what will you do or have you done? Please tell me your story.