Well, mine is at least.
Some people are sleep deprived because they have to work multiple jobs, maybe 80 hours a week, just to survive. In a nation as rich as America, that’s a moral issue of an entirely different sort, a matter of basic decency and justice.
That is not why I get sleep deprived. I get sleep deprived because I stay up too late.
Doing what? You might ask. Well, that it’s the thing… It always seems to be something different.
I may not watch one bit of tv or play one minute of a videogame, but something will come up, something I forgot to do, something I need to look up, something I want to talk about, an idea I want to write down …SOMETHING.
It is not any one thing. It’s a million different things. Which means it’s me.
And I am going to fight back, starting today.
Starting tonight, it’s no excuses. If I miss a night on the blog, you will know why.
If I fall short of another July goal, that’s okay. This matters more.
Sleep deprivation dulls my wit and clouds my creativity. It is damp wood for my creative spark, producing far more smoke than fire.
It makes me less effective at work, shortchanging my department and the students we serve.
Sleep deprivation takes me away from my loved ones now by making me drowsy and grouchy.
It will take me away from them permanently if I let it, maybe not this year, but far sooner than I want to go.
So starting tonight, I will fight back. I will start getting ready for bed by 10, and close my eyes by 11.
I am drawing a line. Please pray that I will be able to hold it.