Managing a complicated relationship with sleep
Updated: May 10, 2019
Growing up, I remember disliking that I had to go to sleep. Yet, once asleep, I treasured it so much that I would stay in bed for as long as I possibly could!
As I grew older and hit the workforce, sleep and I had an even more complicated relationship. A good night's sleep was something for which I longed but rarely experienced. Pulling all-nighters was out of the question. Yet, sleepless nights were far too common. Now that I wanted a good night's rest, it alluded me.
It wasn't until a few years ago, approximately twenty years later, that I learned about extreme night owls and realised that I was definitely one. Essentially, I was born to live at night. My circadian rhythm (biological or body clock) was out of whack with 9-to-5 society. Knowing this changed my life. The stress associated with not being able to fall asleep early enough fell away. I now knew what changes I had to make in my life to become healthier, happier, and more productive.
Sleep is essential to health and well-being. It affects a person physically, cognitively, mentally, and emotionally. It even affects a person socially. It's for these reasons that I truly believe that people can no longer take their own sleep wellness for granted. While people may be able to survive on little sleep, it doesn't mean that they are going to thrive or that the long-term effects of sleep deprivation will not be experienced.
If improving your overall health and well-being is important to you, then learning about sleep and developing good sleep habits should become a priority. Learning about sleep isn't reserved for those who have problems sleeping. It really is something that we should all engage in as part of our wellness lifestyles.
Unfortunately, we are at a stage in sleep wellness that is decades behind the progress made in fitness and nutrition in terms of awareness and programs. Sleep Well was created to address this issue. In this blog, we shall be bringing you the latest on sleep.
So, how can you start on your sleep wellness journey?
A good place to begin is simply to become more aware of your own sleep.
What has your sleep been like?
What would you like for your sleep to be like?
What do you know about sleep?
What would you like to know about sleep?
Your answers will guide you on your exploration of sleep wellness. On Sleep Well's side, we would love to hear from you so that we can bring to you articles, tips, recommendations, and insights that you will truly appreciate.
So, comment below to let us know.