The other day I groggily stumbled into work, half awake. As always, I bee-lined to the kitchen where our beloved Keurig is (If you don’t know what this is, you should probably look up this magical machine and purchase one immediately). I selected my coffee pod, put it into the machine, and hit brew. Normally I might make some oatmeal while I’m waiting the minute or so it takes to brew (it’s instant oatmeal, I’m in college remember?), but that day I just stood there, too tired to function. I snapped out of my sleep-standing state just in time to see the last of the coffee flow out into the imaginary cup that the more awake version of myself should have placed on the machine.
Who forgets to put a cup under the Keurig?! Tired people, that’s who! I can tell you I woke up real quick when I saw the giant coffee mess, and not to mention the laughs I got from my coworkers. Now perhaps it was the blonde in me that made me forget, but I’m going to go ahead and blame lack of sleep. I am fully aware that I don’t get enough sleep… EVER. And I guess I have realized (with much hesitation) that coffee is NOT the answer.
Sleep is vital, yet we all seem to put it at the bottom of our list of things to do. I think on average I get about 5 hours of sleep per night, and that’s on the weekdays! Don’t even get me started on the weekends. No, really… don’t get me started. I generally can’t blame that on anything like school or homework, so I’d rather not talk about it.
The excuses as to why we are not sleeping as much as we should have to stop. We all have things come up… deadlines, homework, tests, I-just-want-to-dance-and-party-all-night type of things. It is okay to lose a little sleep every once in a while. If it’s every night, then maybe the issue is too much on your plate, or it’s just plain ol’ procrastination (see Procrastination Station). To give a compelling case, I have listed some very vital reasons why sleep is important.
- Without efficient sleep you might have a Keurig mishap like I did. Other hazards include walking into walls, tripping on non-existent objects, falling up the stairs (oh wait, I think I’m just talking about things I do now).
- Everyone likes to laugh at the head-nodder. You know who I’m talking about, that person that keeps nodding their head slowly down and then jerks it back up because they are falling asleep. It is always in an awkward setting too. Don’t be that guy (or girl)!
- People like to laugh even more at the person who starts snoring in class. Definitely don’t be that guy.
- A lack of sleep leads to being angry, sad, upset, etc. For example, if you’re tired and cranky you may feel compelled to tailgate the driver in front of you who cut you off (they are tired too). I don’t think tail-gating while falling asleep at the wheel is a good idea. A car accident will wake you up, that’s for sure.
- You’re productivity level will sky-rocket once you have a full night of rest under your belt. More sleep = being more productive = finishing your to-do list and more, which = taking over the world.
Basically, sleep is the key to success. Alright not really, I’m being sarcastic (weird, I know), but sleep is one of the keys to success. I could think of at least 863 more reasons sleep is important besides those I listed, but I’d like to hear yours! Leave me a comment letting me know what you think. It’s time to make sleep a priority.
“Sleep is the best meditation.” -Dalai Lama