But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. ~ Robert Frost
This week I found myself deeply relating to the Robert Frost quote, “and miles to go before I sleep.” With so much work to do before the beginning of the school year I have been working 12- 18 hours a day and getting, at most 5 hours of sleep a night (I really need at least 7-8 to function). This has been very challenging for me. I am happy to work hard. I am happy to work long hours. I am happy to do whatever I need to do in order to fulfill my job requirements. I do all these things much more efficiently with sleep.
Have you ever noticed that once you lose too much sleep you become worthless? I find that I have this threshold of sleep I can handle missing, and then when I have lost too much something shifts… suddenly my productivity is so depleted that the work I produce is not competent, and often has to be fixed or repeated. In those moments, I find that a long night’s sleep or a day off actually allows me to be more productive than continuing to push on as I can barely function.
Sleep is critical to our health – it is critical to mental and physical health. I have learned that if I really want to be an effective contributor to my workplace, then I need to take care of myself and force myself to get the sleep I need. I offer more to myself and others when I am able to be diligent with self-care. Being a martyr and working long hours at the expense of your own health not only harms you, it harms the work you do. Hopefully you have a boss/ employer who understands this reality.
Today, 193 days ’til 40, I am conscious of the need for sleep and look forward to getting ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.