Moment of Realization
I have been so exhausted lately. I am constantly moving for about 17-18 hours almost every day without much sleep. It has caused me to crave more energy. I began by drinking caffeine, eating more and more starch and sugar, just to keep my energy up. Then one day, while I was supposed to be watching a movie for class, I crashed hard. I went to sleep for a couple of hours and immediately, felt so much better when I awoke! The key to my problem is lack of sleep. My body was telling me to rest but, I needed to be there for my mom and grandma, for my studies and coursework, and for my job.
After thinking about sleep, I decided to research the benefits of sleep. As a college student, I, amongst many of my peers deprive myself of sleep. I put it off until the late hours of the night when it is almost morning again, then roll out of bed maybe 4 or 5 hours later. This does us no good deed, as our bodies will most likely pay for it later. Lacking sleep (sleep deprivation) is a health concern/issue that many of us rarely pay attention to.
There are a number of things that sleep helps us do better…
According an article on health.com, sleep can help us:
- Improve our memory
- Live a longer life
- Curb inflammations
- Aid us to become more creative
- Increase stamina and decrease daytime fatigue
- Here is a BIG one… Improve our grades
- Sharpen attention
- Lose weight
- Lower Stress
- Avoid Accidents on and off the road
- Stay away from depression