Sleep is such an important thing. Bad sleeping habits start at very young ages. Teens usually struggle to get enough sleep. They go to sleep really late and then struggle to get up in the morning. It ends up being a vicious cycle. The only way to break it is to get up early and force yourself to be awake. It will help to actually do this. Because you won’t be able to go to sleep at a normal time if you aren’t tired. You may need to do this for a few nights. If only they knew that it’s their only time to get sleep. Little kids get the best sleep. My daughter sleeps almost 12 hours every night. It’s really the best. I’m jealous that she is able to sleep through that much time so effortlessly. She just needs more sleep. Every adult needs a different amount of sleep to function.
I think eight hours is the standard requirement for adults. I need about eight to nine hours every night. When I get less, I notice. It’s really hard needing this much sleep, especially when you have so much to get done. I work eight hours a day and commute for an hour each way. That’s ten hours that I’m definitely not sleeping. I have to go home, spend time with my daughter, put her to sleep, cook dinner, and eat it. By the time all my requirements are done, it’s usually around 8:30. The days are really long and exhausting.
I know other moms who can totally function on five hours of sleep. They go to sleep very late because after they work they have night classes. They also wake up early with their toddler. It’s a tough life getting enough sleep. I just feel like there’s not enough time in the day, but not them.
My husband, on the other hand, gets about six to seven hours of sleep each night. It’s fine until it isn’t. After living on such little sleep, he eventually gets sick. when you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is damaged and can’t protect you against illnesses and therefore you become an easy target. It’s no fun getting sick. It takes up your life.
I’m the worst when I’m tired. I can’t even fake it. It’s funny because when my daughter was born, I couldn’t wake up in the middle of the night without hallucinating. Now Since I’m used to having to wake up in the middle of the night, it’s not a problem for me. I can have full conversations in the middle of the night. But My body usually crashes around 3 or 4 pm. I sometimes just have so much to do, but I am literally falling asleep. It’s so hard. There just are not enough hours in the day. I hate the feeling of being tired. I like to be able to give situations and my job all my energy and attention.
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