All this social media talk about sleep. Is it overrated?
Sleep is an occupation that directly supports its counterpart occupations like work, self-care, participation, education, and interdependent relationships.
When you’re unable to sleep an average of 7.5 hours daily occupations may face an uphill climb to simply focus then act.
The less or more sleep the steeper the hill to being productive or to be at your best performance (Hublin et al 2013).
Recently, I’ve been burrowing stress and it’s surfacing. I can’t fall asleep! Do you sympathize? Share your story in the comment section below with that remedy (or others) that worked. Perhaps, you’re a pro! Any routine may remedy next day blahs. But is it creating a healthy lifestyle for gracefully aging?
Let’s beginning with the notion of whining to understand how this occupation, sleep, relates to our habits.
We are 100% reliant on our self-care. Basic survival requires healthy foods, abundant water, movement, safety.
To rear good health we need active listening.
Being a good observer includes listening to our inner bodily groans. The hands that raised us into adulthood required distinction of a social cry from an emotional cry. As an adult it’s time to learn the body’s distinctly different cry.
First ask, is there proficient self-care? What is the root of this behavior?
In infancy our needs were met by our caregivers. We were positioned to depend on their supplying our self-care. Their cradling arms, the surroundings and furnishings they filled our bedroom with, and their habits and patterns shaped us. This created our story and shapes our story-telling.
By day and night our inner groans follow the neurological paths learned through our history. This began with how we listen to our needs, identify the facts, then act on caring for ourself each day.
One Client, who is a doctor, finally confessed his 23 year habit to pop an aspirin in his mouth every time he felt tired. “Just one or two aspirin every time your tired and a cup of coffee a day will keep you going!” Now he’s retired and unable to sleep more than 3 hours a night. Daily he exhibited anxiety to problem solve, communicated with anger, and presented unsafe self-care with diet and sleep.
Over time we met the goal to safely transition between occupations (things that ‘occupy’ our time) to improve sleep. Taking a pill to transition from wake to sleep, or coffee to transition from sleep to wake are co-dependent behaviors. These habits exclude the context of a full day of time available to implement healthy strategies that boost sleep.
What patterns do you notice about your self when you lack sleep?
GIG Design | Physical Lifestyle
Genetic factors in evolution of sleep length – a longitudinal twin study in Finnish adults. Hublin C, Partinen M, Koskenvuo M, Kaprio J. Journal of Sleep Research, DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12051 (Article first published online: 20 Mar 2013)