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I Need More Sleep: My Commitment to Letting Go of Being Beyond Tired

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I need more sleep. And it is about time that I get it.

I am the reigning queen of staying up all night and day to get things done. Whether it’s washing dishes, doing laundry, writing blog posts, or even planning and prepping dinner for the next day. Although I usually complete what’s on my agenda and I totally love that feeling of accomplishment, I always end up paying the hefty price of staying awake the day after. And most times, even the day after that.

In other words, whenever I go so much as one night with either no sleep or very little sleep (1-3 hours), my mental, physical, and emotional wellness goes downhill. I become irritated at the fact that I cannot focus or complete even the simplest of tasks correctly, only to go on a warpath of rage with anyone who just so happens to be around—on or offline. My mental clarity is totally nonexistent, because the only thing that I can think about is that I need more sleep. Sometimes I even deal with headaches and body aches that won’t go away until I lay down. No matter how hard I try or how much coffee I drink, I just can’t get it together when I haven’t had a full night of restful sleep.

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I Need More Sleep: My Commitment to Letting Go of Being Beyond Tired

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Sometimes, it’s not even that I stay up late. I experience lots of nights of turning in early or at a decent time, only to toss and turn, requiring hours to fall asleep. I can try everything, but no position feels comfortable to me. Even the usual sleep tips of no electronics an hour before bed, a cup of chamomile tea, a darkened room or soothing music seem to be effective.

I’ve shared a little bit before about the benefits of sleep, and I’ve also seen firsthand both the wellness and health effects of sleep deprivation with others. I even know of people who’ve had a heart attack and died because of improper rest. It’s not a place that I want to be—at all.

 

I Need More Sleep: My Commitment to Letting Go of Being Beyond TiredThus, I’m not waiting until the New Year to make a commitment to improving my quality of sleep and getting more of it. I am making the pledge right now. If I want to reap the many benefits of a good night’s sleep, I must began putting good habits in place right away.

Because the truth is, I am beyond tired of walking around each day feeling beyond tired.

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If you suffer from insomnia (can’t fall asleep, or fall asleep but toss and turn) you are not alone. The National Sleep Foundation provides great resources for people who are suffering from sleep health issues such as insomnia, narcolepsy, cataplexy and many others. To learn more, visit www.sleepfoundation.org and www.sleep.org. You can also visit www.beyondtired.org, a great resource for people who suffer from insomnia across the country to help them and inspire them to reach better sleep.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Catherine Sargent
Catherine Sargent

Thanks for the resources I am going to check them out. I have a hard time falling a sleep and staying a sleep. I don’t remember the last time I got 8 hours of sleep.

Ben Butler

I am so guilty of not getting enough sleep. I don’t just burn the candle at both ends, I set fire to the middle of it, too.

Marcie W.
Marcie W.

Getting enough sleep is so important. I am not too proud to admit that if I do not get my fair share of hours, the entire world pays for it the next day.

Pam W
Pam W

I have a hard time getting to sleep. I can be hard for me to get enough because I am such a light sleeper.

Lisa Favre

I read this as my eyes are slowly shutting because of fatigue. Sleep is definitely something I like nowadays, but I am trying very hard to be strict on my own bedtime!

Reesa Lewandowski
Reesa Lewandowski

Between my 5 year old still waking up every night and the feeling of never getting everything done, yes I am very fatigued too.

OurOrdinaryLife®
OurOrdinaryLife®

I feel like I’m in a constant state of sleepiness. Our schedules are beyond packed. I wish there was enough hours in the day to get the recommended amount of sleep.

TheNewClassy
TheNewClassy

I am right there with you. If I get 5 hours a night, it’s a blessing. I usually go to bed around 11 and I am back up before 4 A.M. I could use some more sleep too.

jennifer reyes
jennifer reyes

I usually have 3 to 4 hours of sleep everyday and if I don’t have much to do, a 5-6 hour sleep is a vacation for me. I think it’s time to make a change.

Tonia Sanders

I never get any sleep. I’m convinced it’s impossible once you have kids. I’m always up for something.

Brianne Manz
Brianne Manz

This is the story of my life. I am constantly tired and know I just need to go to bed earlier!

Ann Bacciaglia
Ann Bacciaglia

It is so important to get a good sleep. I just replaced my mattress and started going to bed half an hour earlier. I wake up feeling a lot more refreshed.

Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com
Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

As a mom to 7 and who has a husband who works evenings I feel like I’m always tired and I never get enough sleep. I need a new mattress but I also really need to work on getting more sleep regardless.

Tonya

I know that I don’t get the sleep that I should. It’s not always because I don’t try. I just can’t seem to turn off my brain some nights. A new mattress would probably help too.

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