No Sleep Eh?
By all means, I grasp the concept of “I’ll sleep when I die”, “#teamnosleep”, “no days off”, etc. The concept is obvious, however I don’t know if society sees the issue in this. Of course there are physical problems related to sleep deprivation: hallucinations, fatigue, neuron malfunction, and a host of other brain complications. The “most-times” unanticipated consequences of a lack of sleep is our failure to appreciate the moment. Take a second and think, imagine whomever or whatever you’d like. Nine times out of ten, it was a memory, which is defined as the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences. Your brain always returns to a previous experience, you’re nostalgic, and you realize everything is 20/20 in hindsight. So where is the correlation between memories and no sleep? Once the ideas are paralleled, we see that not sleeping is analogous to “living in the past”, just as sleeping would be to living in the present.
When, for instance, you sleep your body is working. Sleep is needed to regenerate certain parts of the body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to work at its top ability, be it metabolism, our ability to learn, or our memory. When one “takes a day off”, it is to recuperate, relax, restrategize or rework projects, it is ultimately a time to regenerate. Aside from that, on our days off we often like to live, to go out, to soak up the now, to enjoy our families, our friends, our companions, including pets. When taking a day off it’s a time to slow down and make those memories we are so often nostalgic about. We want healthy lives, but how can we expect it if we work ridiculous hours, if we never sleep, and our bodies begin to break down? We end up working hard to pay for medical expenses directly related to our fatigued bodies and we blame the problems on generational curses or “some bug in the air”, when truly it could come from this notion that the grind doesn’t stop, not even for sleep, not even for health. So I challenge my self-inflicted insomniacs to sleep. I urge you to take time out to appreciate your health, wellness, and ultimately your life. You never know what you have until it’s gone.