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Drowsy Friday

by Alyssa Banks, who helps produce “The Matt Townsend Show”

Today, I’m writing about my undeniable feeling of exhaustion. This shameful feeling of drowsiness that inevitably occurs from sleep deprivation. The lack of focus I’m feeling is unreal. It’s Halloween on a Friday, and I need to pull myself together and get work done, but all my brain reminds me of every few minutes (I don’t think that’s an exaggeration at this point) is how tired I am and how much I deserve to be home snuggling with my warm comforter and watching an episode of the “Mindy Project” before welcoming in a much needed relaxing weekend.

The problem is, I’m still here at my desk typing on my computer and listening to the chatter of the office around me. I don’t need sleep. I’m invincible. I am a list maker. I will not let my head hit the pillow until my daily list is completed. I can be up at all hours of the night and still arise refreshed the following morning. 

Is this a common issue people have? Are we assuming invincibility when vulnerability is actually the more accurate word to describe what sleep deprivation is doing to us?

The problem with sleep deprivation is that it acknowledges and encourages the issue many of us find ourselves tackling. And that is business. There’s a problem with filling our schedules with so many “things” to do that there is no time for quality work to be done.  

So, maybe the bottom line is that we are too busy, which convinces us we must stay up later to accomplish our daily goals.

We all need to take a breath and follow the advice, “cut your losses.” Go. To. Bed. Allow your physical body some proper relaxation and rest. We wouldn’t demand that another person stay up late making dessert for a party the next day or completing a child’s costume for Halloween. Why are we demanding it of ourselves?

We know the issues here. We aren’t sleeping enough nor are we allowing ourselves enough time away from the chaotic business. 

The solution then is to set reasonable deadlines for ourselves: “By 7:30 tonight I’m going to be done with everything I’m worried about for tomorrow.” While at first, you may find yourself working past this deadline, you’ll soon realize that by setting and strictly following your own cut off, you’ll begin to train yourself into completing your to-do’s. You’ll realize the cutoff time is coming and adjust by working more efficiently to enjoy your night and also get to bed at a more reasonable hour.

What’s your cut off time? It can be earlier or later than the example given, but I encourage you to be as strict with your relaxation habits as you are with your ambitious endeavors. 

Give yourself a break!

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