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Are You Getting More Sleep? Prepare to Crash Land

Last week, I had several days that I received a full 7 hours of sleep. I woke up once each of those nights, but I was able to go right back to sleep. While everyone with insomnia dreams of being able to get that much rest, it made the days when I did not much harder to handle.

How getting more sleep might be a bad thing

I enjoy getting a good night’s rest. That is a rare thing when you have insomnia. The problem is I have to learn to function on less rest again when those nights come to an end. They always come to an end, and the adjustment period is rough. The grogginess is worse. The sluggishness is worse. My ability to concentrate disappears.

You see, I am accustomed to functioning on little sleep. I need a certain amount to function well, and I have been able to manage that. It is what I have become accustomed to, and my body has adjusted to make it work. When I get more sleep, it makes it harder for me to function on the days I get less. I must have time to readjust, and it only takes a few nights of extra sleep for me to require an adjustment period.

Adjusting to drastic changes in sleep patterns

My grandmother used to call it “getting out of sorts.” When you are used to things being one way and that suddenly changes, she would say that was “getting out of sorts.” There is no adjustment needed when you get a good night’s sleep, but your body gets used to it in a short amount of time. Once those sleep-filled nights are gone, you must adjust and learn how to function on less sleep again. You will get out of sorts, for sure.

It takes time to adjust to drastic changes in sleep patterns. Going from 7 hours of sleep to 4 is a drastic change. Those 3 hours might as well be an eternity. When I lose that much sleep suddenly, I wake up feeling like I have not slept at all. The consequence of that quick change is bad, and it takes time for me to readjust to functioning on less sleep.

Extra sleep comes at a price

My schedule gets quite hectic at times, and I need to be able to get things done. Grogginess, drowsiness, and exhaustion greatly affect productivity.

While I would prefer to get a full 8 hours of sleep every night, that is just not going to happen. I do enjoy getting more sleep, but it wreaks havoc on my body when it comes to an end. I know I likely need that extra sleep, but it comes at a price.

Recovering from getting more sleep

Recovering from getting more sleep sounds like a ridiculous problem, but it sincerely is a problem. A quick change in sleep patterns, whether it is more or less sleep, alters your ability to function.

More sleep means more energy, and it allows you to concentrate and be more productive. Of course, less sleep is quite the opposite. If you get used to getting more rest, you will crash when that changes.

If you are recovering from one of these crashes and are struggling to get through the day, I understand. I am going through it, too.

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