Over the last 5 days or so, events have kept me out late. Add to that my own stubbornness and desire to catch up on episodes of The Colbert Report, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
A disaster called Hurricane Jo.
“WHY THE $&%# AM I SO DEPRESSED AND OUT OF IT!?!?!” I cried/YELLED to/AT my husband the other morning. Then I yawned. I had my answer.
So last night I caught up somewhat and I’m feeling much better today. But my failures of late taught me a few things about sleep.
1) It’s better than me.
I want to do everything, and I want to do everything whenever I feel like it. My need for sleep constantly holds me back, forces me to face my own humanity, and tells me I’m not capable of godlike capacity. The sooner I accept that, the better off I’ll be, because…
2) It beats bad writing.
When I lose sleep, creative ability is the first thing to go with it. I can fill in excel spreadsheets. I can do research. But ask me to write a scene and I’ll just cry like a toddler and tell you you’re being a jerk. My husband can confirm.
With sleep, I spend my nights in other worlds creating stories, and those journeys make me a more capable writer the next day, too.
Sleep and creativity happen in equal parts. So I’m equating them.
3) It’s a luxury.
Sure, without sleep we might literally die. But insomnia is rampant nonetheless. Would my close friends who struggle to sleep almost every night not feel insulted to hear “Oh, I’m so tired. I keep staying out late and refusing to go to bed when I get home.”
I have the chance for a higher capacity, better memory, and an all-around healthier way of life, but I turn it down because I still haven’t seen that one bloopers reel? Sorry, but that doesn’t cut it for my insomniac friends. They’d take my sleep in a heartbeat if they could.
Sleep is the cheapest diet pill, blood pressure medication, and antidepressant out there. With no side effects. It’d be magic if it weren’t science.
In closing, let’s all just go to bed.
You’ve probably heard all of this before. That’s so cool. This is just a totally friendly reminder based on my own antics of the last few days.
Sleep is one of the only limitations that offers more success in the long run. So go get yours.
(Photo: Sanja Gjenero)