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Jan 23, 2019 15:37:19

My draft

by @jimmycerone | 316 words | 🐣 | 29💌

Jimmy Cerone

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Sleep is like a thing. A thing I didn't give myself much of over the past 2 weeks. It's funny because I've written about the concept of self-care and the importance of sleep before and I've gone through cycles of low sleep and said, "NEVER AGAIN!" Yet I always end up here, again.

One summer, between my Junior and Senior year of high school, I slept 9+ hours every night. It was glorious. I wondered at how much of the world I'd been missing out on. Every color was sharper, I had energy to spare, and I was running great. That year, I resolved to carry my sleep habit over into the school year. Unsurprisingly, that lasted all of a day or two.

Which leads me to question, maybe this sleep issue isn't all on me. Maybe it's not my flimsy willpower that keeps failing me. Perhaps we have to look at this issue of sleep and rest in a wider context.

Spend any time camping and you know that artificial lights are part of the sleep problem. The lights most of us have in our homes not only keep us up past the sun but also contain mostly blue light, which as we all know by now, kicks out our sleepy hormones.

Spend any time on a college campus (or for that matter, any home with a high schooler) and you know that overwork is part of the problem. Spend time with the parents of those children and you'd also find overwork a problem. There's great, surprising stuff out there about our culture's culture of "total work", where all things are about and for work.

So yes maybe I could work on hitting the snooze less, but maybe this isn't just a me thing. Maybe we need to take a harder look at our lives and culture and wonder, "Why are we so tired all the time?"

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    @jimmycerone Congrats on your first post! I agree with you that culture plays a huge role in shaping how we behave, but ultimately it is up to each one of us individually to decide whether we are going to accept this. As you point out, sleep is incredibly important and worth modifying your life in a way to ensure you get a good night's sleep as often as possible.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 23, 2019 16:11:36
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      @brandonwilson - Thanks for reading! You are totally right, personal responsibility is so huge. Ironically, I just read an article about this issue of the individual vs. the system and while I think in the realm of sleep there is a lot more personal responsibility involved, it's still an interesting comparison! Here's the article called "Forget Short Showers": https://getpocket.com/a/read/799471022

      Jimmy Cerone avatar Jimmy Cerone | Jan 24, 2019 14:53:21
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      @jimmycerone Thanks for the suggestion. That site wants me to sign up, and currently I have a moratorium on signing up for anything new. I had great sleep last night and I hope you did too!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 24, 2019 14:58:36
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