It is common among the crafting community that sleep is non-existant. I would have to say that some of my best projects happen in those wee hours of the night. I’ve even heard Martha Stewart herself say she only gets a few hours of sleep each night. It comes with the addiction to craft.
BUT, that said, is it really enough? For me, when I stay up late in the night, I’m not doing so hot the next morning. I’m groggy, grumpy with my kids, and I start my day slow. I KNOW I need more sleep, maybe not as much as Sleeping Beauty above, but I know I deserve more sleep. I’ll be more productive during the normal hours of the day if I sleep enough at night.
I recently watched a Dr. Oz episode where he talked about sleep. It’s at the top of his list for optimal health. Here’s a few quotes from the Doc:
A full night of sleep is excellent medicine.
I remember the first time I woke up after not sleeping enough and realizing how difficult the day ahead would be because I was running on empty. I thought, “Well, I must be getting old, and I just can’t do it anymore.” Where had my youthful vigor gone?
Turns out, this was a blessing in disguise. After I started to make the conscious effort to go to bed and get the 7-8 hours that are required (yes, that’s an order), I truly began to understand the value of sleep. I know. I’m a doctor. I should have known it all along. I did. But if you know anyone who’s gone through the wringer at medical school, you know that sleep is hardly stressed enough!
See, this comes from the doctor, 7-8 hours a night. It’s really not that hard to do and I know I’ll be more healthy because of it. Dr. Oz also gives some tips on how to get to sleep and make sure it’s all through the night.
So I’m issuing a challenge for more sleep. No more all nighters with a glue gun and Grey’s Anatomy reruns!! I’m going to be in bed by 11pm and up by 7:00-7:30. I know I’ll be a better mom, wife, person with more sleep. Who’s with me?
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