Life is busy and I do not make much time for TV, except Sunday Morning! Watching Sunday Morning is the one time each week that everything stops and I take an hour and a half to view the world. There is usually one story that has a big take away for me and this week it was about short sleepers. Researcher, Ying-Hui Fu says that I am a “short sleeper”.
I require little sleep – always have. Naturally, I have moments of exhaustion and sleep deprivation, but generally speaking, if I go to bed when I am tired I will wake up about 5 hours later rested and ready to go. Lately I have been working on getting more sleep, which usually results in me spending time lying awake in bed, meditating. The truth is, this no sleeping thing has always worked well for me, but I often wonder how healthy it is and question what came first, the no sleeping or the list of things to do? I will never be able to answer that, however, a classmate shared this quote with me and I feel it pretty much sums it up.
“I can never read all the books I want;
I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want.
I can never train myself in all the skills I want.
And why do I want?
I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of
mental and physical experience possible in life.
And I am horribly limited.”
These days I feel lucky to be a short sleeper. I cherish the quiet moments in the middle of the night when everyone is safe in their beds and my ideas can spring forth uninterrupted. I like that my days are filled with work that I love, education that inspires and that my family and my body support my crazy schedule. But after 10 weeks of intense cramming and a few all nighters I am ready for a solid eight or maybe eighteen!
LINK to full article on short sleepers: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57394985/the-perils-of-sleep-deprivation/