Sleep & Well-Being

 

As I write this, my eyelids are sitting heavy and my brain is covered in some thick, fluffy fog that resembles cotton candy.

 

Sleep. The ever-elusive activity of the modern day millennial.

 

All throughout high school, you learned—through experience—that you didn’t need it. You could stay up until 3:00 AM the next morning scrolling through your Facebook, out at a party, or even with your eyes glued to a television screen playing Call Of Duty or watching the newest episode of Orange Is The New Black.

 

Whatever your poison was, sleep always seemed to be something we learned to survive without. But can you, really? How beneficial is that to you, in the long run?

 

I fell into this trap, just like 90% of the classmates I graduated school with. Personally, I’ve always struggled with sleep, so I thought, “Hey, this can’t be that much worse, right?”

 

Every single thing I did suffered drastically. My grades were horrible, my diet was unhealthy and sporadic, not to mention I was always falling asleep in class.

 

Now that I’m out of school and learning to handle truly everything on my own, I realize just how crucial it is to be catching up on your z’s. I still have plenty of nights where my “undeclared insomnia” (as I like to call it), plays with my personal Mr. Sandman.

I wake up frequently at night, and even though it’s better than it was, I still find it difficult to fall asleep.

 

That brings me to the major point of writing this.

 

Sleep is, and will always be important, no matter who you are, how old, or fit.

 

Sleep does so many incredible things for you, which you can read about in this article by HealthLine.

 

Sleep is different for everyone. Certain people need more or less, and that’s dependant on a whole list of things. It’s best to talk to a professional before making any drastic changes, but personally I’d say it’s really up to experimenting and noticing when you feel different and what needs to change.

 

I found that 10-12 hours of sleep (yes, you heard that right), works wonders for me. But, I can also function on as little as four to five. I don’t tend to take naps because I find they interfere with my schedule.

Take some time in the next few weeks to see what works and doesn’t work for you. I promise your body will love you for it!

 

Sleep doesn’t just help your body, though! Your mind and mental clarity will skyrocket. Like, tremendously. On days that I get one hour less of sleep, my whole day is whacked. I feel disoriented, grouchy and over-emotional. It’s difficult to focus on work without getting overwhelmed. Everything suffers.

 

Today I am lucky to be functioning as well as I am—because I didn’t follow my own guidelines. I didn’t fall asleep until well into the night and I woke up multiple times. Try to keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible, so that your body adapts to the new routine and you can really reap the benefits.

 

Set aside half an hour to an hour before bed to relax and use a night routine. If you’re someone like me, easing yourself into a deep sleep is much more efficient than jumping into bed and turning the light off. Drink your favorite cup of non-caffeinated tea, curl up with your warm blanket and read a good book.

Try not to use your phone during this time, because the blue light emitted from it severely alters your brain’s ability to relax and shut down for the night.
What does your sleep schedule look like? Is it consistent, or haphazard? Do you have to get up early, and hate it? Or do you love jumping out of bed and feel energized and ready to go? Let’s chat!

 

Julie

Julie is a nineteen year old who recently graduated high school. She has Cerebral Palsy, but doesn’t let that hold her back! She looks forward to becoming a certified Life Coach, and obtaining a degree in psychology. Helping people succeed is her passion, as well as hiking, working out, and writing. You may reach Julie at www.thecontinuationproject.wordpress.com or email Julie at jujubead57@frontier.com