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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Get Enough Sleep

I'm in high gear these days with travel and writing projects. It seems like I'm busier during summer vacation than when I'm "working"!

And since there's no need to get up at any particular time, I tend to go to bed late. But with so much to do, I still get up (fairly) early.

And it takes its toll.

One of the first side effects I notice when I'm sleepy (I know, this is weird) is paranoia.

Did I lock the door to our other room? What if I get fired? Do I have enough money to do what I need to do?

Things that never bother me when I'm well-rested.

Lack of sleep can impair growth and healing, make you clumsy, and cause you to gain weight.

It can even cause diabetes. And, in lab animals, death.

Proper sleep, on the other hand, has innumerable benefits. It reduces stress, makes us more alert, and improves our memory, to name a few.

Like withholding food and water, sleep-deprivation is also a well-known torture technique.

So why torture yourself? Get enough sleep.

You'll be happier.

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