Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Learning to Sleep

In high school I consistently got less than 7 hours of sleep a night, and I functioned "OK". In college my sleep schedule was all over the place. I had a pretty good sleep schedule right out of school. At my last job, about 8 months into the job, I started having trouble sleeping at night. I was so stressed from work, that it was keeping me awake at night.

I am away from that horrible job now, but I'm still facing some residual fears from it. I had two nightmares last night about my old job. I've had some nightmares before, but I'm kind of sad that I had two, very vivid, nightmares last night.

It's just so interesting to me the changes I've had in sleep over the years. It's interesting that in college, I could lay down whenever I wanted and fall right to sleep, and when I was at the terrible job, I'd lay in bed for hours before falling asleep.

Sleep is so important to health. My sleep is a lot better than what it used to be, but it could still be better. I titled this post "Learning to Sleep" because I'm still learning (I guess re-learning) how to sleep. I'm working on taking worries and concerns and tabling them until the next day. I need to learn that worrying about stuff while trying to go to sleep won't fix anything at that moment.

Hopefully the bad dreams go away for awhile. I truly appreciate my new job and that I'm away from my old one.



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