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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Are you sleepy?

In a recent Atlantic article, Harvard sleep coach Dr. Charles Czeisler said that we live in a chronically sleep-deprived society:
"We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work."
Crazy, right? I used to think about this when my sister was doing her grueling medical residency. Let's go to bed early tonight!

P.S. A sleepwalking dog, and a baby trashes a bar.

(Photo of Lucy by ©Bob Rosinsky, with permission. Via Explore)

54 comments:

cortney said...

i just woke up from a nap! cheers!

B. said...

YES! I am SOOO sleepy recently. What is it??

13bees said...

ha! beyond tired at the moment (thanks little dude) and sadly, it doesn't quite feel as good as that big glass of chardonnay will in a few hours.

Sarah Spitz said...

I can very much relate to being chronically sleep deprived!

Love from Germany,
Bambi

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Enara Girl said...

Sadly I won't be able to go to sleep soon today, maybe tomorrow?
xoxo

Enara's Things

morestomach.com said...

yes. since coming back from my honeymoon a few weeks ago i've been sluggish in the AM when i wake up, though i've been clocking in 7-8hours/sleep a night. i think it's part getting my system back to normal and part i don't want to be here, i'd rather be in thailand still and it's a matter of adjusting my attitude.

The Sunny Box said...

This reminds me of the quote "stop the glorification of busy"

Sadly we live in this type of society, especially big cities like NY glamorize the busiest, sleep deprived people, who can do it all.

Carrie said...

I'm ALWAYS Sleepy!

Caroline said...

That is fascinating! Definitely going to bed early tonight.

madiebaby said...

A timely post, Jo! My son will be 9 months old tomorrow and I have been feeling increasingly desperate for him to sleep through the night... Last night he did, for the first time! 7:15pm to 6:15 am! I am a new woman today. Let's keep it up, Hank... XO

kidecals said...

Yawning as I type this!

Kari said...

We have got to "stop the glorification of busy." There is so much we feel the need to do that we don't need to. Busy people are not better people. It's not better for us, it's not better for our marriages, it's not better for our kids, and it's not better for society.

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, really good points, kari and sunnybox.

Monica said...

I'll try to explain this to the kids when they barge into my bedroom in the middle of the night and demand to 'swap beds'.

WHAT????

meredith said...

i have had terrible insomnia with my twin pregnancy. knowing that they will keep me up for months after being born essentially means i will be sleep drunk for a year. thank goodness i don't drive.

Elizabeth Lee said...

Cheers for early bed times! (I'm a med student, so that almost never happens!).

Katie said...

I am always sleepy, but the truth is I usually get 7+ hours of sleep (sometimes 6). Not sure I have a great excuse... but I just conked out on my couch. So much for taking advantage of my afternoon off...

marlene said...

I'm a surgery resident and constantly live in a state of zombiedom. You just feel numb, drained, unable to process, emotionally spent and frighteningly separated from the ability to have compassion. I used to be someone who could always put myself in someone else's shoes and see a different point of view. I feel helpless that now it's difficult even to do that. Forget having a baby during a surgical residency! Hopefully this is all temporary.

Joanna Goddard said...

marlene, that's fascinating. you sound amazing for getting through it!

Anne said...

I recently graduated from a notoriously competitive university, and now that I'm able to reliably get a full night's sleep, my quality of life has improved dramatically. It's amazing how all of the cranky/angry/overwhelmed goes away when you're rested enough to handle it!

Glad you brought this up, it's so important for all of us :)

Amanda said...

Ugh, yes. I never seem to get enough sleep. I think I need at least 9 hours to feel my best. I have the hardest time falling to sleep. I think I've been an insomniac since I was a kid.

The Collector said...

Thanks for posting this. Our culture is insane sometimes!

The Collector said...

Thanks for posting this. Our culture is insane sometimes!

Linzy said...

"This person is a great worker! He's drunk all the time!" Hahaha.

Kim said...

Interesting that you post this! I'm a current medical student but used to work in a lab during undergrad that studies sleep. The lab's main focus was to find a marker in spit, the breath - anything easily accessible - that measures sleepiness, with the long-term goal of creating a way to measure sleep deprivation. It'll be a long time away but someone's working on this!

Leah said...

It's midnight. I'm reading this in an essay writing break... Oops on early to bed!

Julie Arthur said...

I did a presentation in my college health class about how "drowsy driving" was equal to or worse than drunk driving. Scary stuff.

shawn said...

Just a tired human! I don't have (luckily) a crazy stressful job nor little kids to attend to - however, I think seasonal depression (depression, in general), and anxiety issues might be a root cause. Also - the wheels spinning at night do not allow for a timely bed time, though I try a melatonin and an episode of Arrested Development.

I hate when people equate being tired or sleeping a lot to being lazy. If I need to be up at 4am to be at work, catch a flight, etc., I'm up. If I can squeeze in a nap at 1pm because my work schedule is flexible, I'm going to. This does not mean I'm a slob or have no sense of pride. It just means I function differently.

On that note, nap time! ;)

Michele said...

I am yet another someone who has Chronic Fatigue (CFS/ME). So yes, always exhausted.

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

Oh my I see I am very tired all the time I work a lot . I fall asleep doing homework. I got sick because of lack of sleep they said. So I am off today I went out for a bit but back to bed. Good night.

Nina said...

So most mothers with newborns are acting drubk? I'd concur! I can still remember when my son had been home for a month or two (in the nicu the epfirst two months of his life) and I saw my ob at walmart. He was like how are you? And i started crying...oh so exhausted as a single parent working FT with a newborn!

Krystal said...

That is such an amazing and true quote. i found that in college people were bragging about not getting enough sleep and it is no unhealthy and makes working and living in general so much harder. Thanks for posting!



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Eliza Jane said...

I'm chronically tired. I have a hard time getting to sleep at night, and I have a hard time getting up in the mornings.

els said...

I've thought before that after something like an overnight international flight when I get no sleep and try to stay awake the next day, I feel SO drunk by the afternoon. It makes so much sense!

Liliana said...

I just watched the baby trashing the restaurant video for the first time ever and laughed so hard I was choking. I needed that laugh. Thanks :)

Indian on Hudson said...

Joanna, speaking of your sister, how is your brother-in-law doing? I hope he's healthy and happy.

Renae said...

I'm confused (and maybe sleepy - my son is working on his molars - ouch!). Did you have a photo of your sister and switched it? Or is the dog named Lucy also?

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Hata Trbonja said...

I agree! I can barely wake myself up in the morning and by 1pm I am ready for a nap. Never had problems with sleep until recently.
Hope we all figure out what is going on.
Hata
www.chicagotofrance.blogspot.com

Sofia Donatelli said...

Beyond adorable! That face.

Happy Friday!
Love,
Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

Sofia Donatelli said...

Beyond adorable! That face.

Happy Friday!
Love,
Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

RG said...

YES. And it has nothing to do really with having a 9 month old, because I was this sleepy before he came!

Making it Anywhere said...

Yes! So sleepy! We just got a puppy and to keep him from having an accident on my brand new floors, i'm up all hours of the night taking him out side. No more sleeping in!

Joy U said...

Did you happen to hear the story about sleep deprivation on Fresh Air? Apparently, heart attack rates decrease by 5% in the week after we turn the clocks back in the fall and they increase by the same amount in the week after turning the clocks forward in the spring. Just that hour of sleep makes THAT big of a difference in our health. That fact made me value my sleep even more.

Gessamí Forner said...

Definitly, the worst part of having a baby is sleep deprivation!

Lauren E. said...

I am sleepy, too! All the time. I didn't realize until last weekend I said to my dad, "Man, I'm tired" and he said, "What else is new?" So I started taking a complex B vitamin because I heard it helps. That and I try to get my full 7 - 8 hours a night.

Mallory said...
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aly said...

I am Always tired! Last night I got home from work and accidentally passed out on the couch, I woke up this morning and realized I had gotten 11 hours of sleep!! I think my body really needed it, but of course I'm already tired again :)

Maria said...

Oh gosh, imagine how mothers of newborns are meant to function! That's going to be me in about a month...

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Joanne Matro said...

i want to marry my bed. who's with me?

Alexis Kletjian said...

That was one of my resolutions this year, getting more sleep. Great reminder!

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megan said...

I can't function without 7-9 hrs. of sleep. I love my sleep!!!

littlehomebyhand said...

I am always amazed at people who can function while sleep deprived. If I don't get 7-8 hs sleep each night I feel unwell and unable to concentrate. It can get me a whole week to get back on track if I've overdone it with commitments, work and too little sleep. I get up at 5am to work on my business before heading to my day job but I make sure to be in bed by 9 or 10pm at night. I have the sleep schedule of a four-year-old but it works perfectly for me :)

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