Day 62

I’m Not Stupid I’m Sleep Deprived

Checking out an article on the effects of sleep deprivation, I realize that what I perceive as stupidity is really the results of months of sleep deprivation. One of the many negative effects of not getting enough sleep is cognitive impairment. Sleep deprivation affects long and short term memory, and people who don’t get enough sleep, are easily confused, have a hard time making decisions, and have difficulty controlling their emotions.

As I read the article, I saw myself in all the descriptions of how sleep deprivation effects the body and the brain, and I thought to myself, this is my problem. I’m not stupid, I’m sleep deprived!  Since my son was born, I haven’t been getting much sleep. I believe I get an average of about four to five hours of sleep a night, and some nights I don’t sleep at all. I think that this is a form of self abandonment and self neglect. So, it’s time to start taking better care of myself.

In addition to committing to fifteen minutes a day of meditation, including physical activity in my daily routine, and doing shadow work to make my psyche whole again, I will go to bed at a decent hour. So from now on, I will track my progress and see how much better I function on a good night’s sleep. Having said that, I’m signing off.

Until next time, I wish you all the best and sweet dreams.

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