I have read that sleep is important for the body. Our mind and body, our nervous system, muscles and consciousness are temporarily suspended for a few hours. Sleep allows your body and mind to recharge, leaving you awake and alert for another day. Healthy sleep helps the body to get rid of diseases and remain healthy. It lets your brain recharge for another day.
How many of us have trouble with that? We may have a job that makes you work through the night and you try to catch up on that sleep during the day. Or you have so many responsibilities at home that your sleep is interrupted all night long.
When I was first married my husband and I both worked midnight shift. It was fun. We slept during the day, even on our days off and we stayed awake all night long. On our days off we would even go grocery shopping at the wee hours of the morning. Since we made this our routine and we shared it we were able to pull it off.
I remember when I had my five children and I would wake up during the night for a different child that maybe crying. I actually took naps with them during the day to try and catch up on the sleep I lost during the night.
I looked up; can you catch up on sleep: It says even if you sleep in a morning, that may make you feel better but it is not enough. It can take up to four days to recover one hour of lost sleep. Well, that is an eye opener.
But the hardest time was when I was working the midnight shift. I would come home and see my kids off to school and then try and catch some sleep before they came home from school, have dinner with them and go to work. Each day was the same and then on weekends I would try to live normal, be awake all day with activities with the family and sleep at night. I will admit I looked like death wore over me. I had black circles under my eyes and my concentration was terrible.
Working as a paramedic our shifts are usually 24 hours. Sometimes you get to nap and sometimes you just work. I got use to sleeping 4 hours at a time and function. It was just my new way of life. I actually thought sleep was over rated. Even on my days off, I hardly ever slept through the night being use to such little sleep. But the effects on your body you can’t take away. Your mind is sluggish, and your face starts to wear a little faster.
By this experience I must say you have to have your sleep to grow old gracefully. What are your thoughts?
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