How well do you sleep?


I started having trouble sleeping when I turned twelve, I think. I’d have difficulty falling asleep, or sometimes I would wake up many times in the night. I think I compensated for this by sleeping on the half-hour drive to and from school. This became useful when I went to college because it helped me in those nights spent studying and later, going out with friends.

I never needed more than 6 hours of sleep. When I was depressed, I would spend the night awake and the next day locked in my room, sleeping for more than 12 hours. This went on for quite a while. Now that my psychological and emotional equilibrium has returned, my sleep has somewhat stabilized as well, except for a few nights when insomnia visits me without any invitation and notice. I didn’t realize how sleep deprivation affects us in a negative way.

I read this article from The Huffington Post which showed the negative effects of sleep deprivation. It was like I was looking in the mirror when I read the infographic. The immediate effects included, obviously, looking and feeling like sh*t, having the tendency to eat more, focus and memory problems, obesity and diabetes, even sperm count decrease!

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I’m not sure how long it will take to undo the damages that sleep deprivation has caused me. I can only make sure that I don’t stray away from this path to health that I’m trying my best to follow.

You can read the full story HERE.

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About the pensive poet

development worker. kasuyo. bugtong na anak. retired drag queen. kalaguyo. kaibigan. future carpenter, bread-maker, or bar-tender. feeling manunulat at makata. borderline obsessive-compulsive. control freak. book worm. isnabero. mahiyain. astang cineaste. aspiring photographer.

Posted on January 16, 2014, in journal and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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