Sleep is like a thing. A thing I didn't give myself much of over the past 2 weeks. It's funny because I've written about the concept of self-care and the importance of sleep before and I've gone through cycles of low sleep and said, "NEVER AGAIN!" Yet I always end up here, again.
One summer, between my Junior and Senior year of high school, I slept 9+ hours every night. It was glorious. I wondered at how much of the world I'd been missing out on. Every color was sharper, I had energy to spare, and I was running great. That year, I resolved to carry my sleep habit over into the school year. Unsurprisingly, that lasted all of a day or two.
Which leads me to question, maybe this sleep issue isn't all on me. Maybe it's not my flimsy willpower that keeps failing me. Perhaps we have to look at this issue of sleep and rest in a wider context.
Spend any time camping and you know that artificial lights are part of the sleep problem. The lights most of us have in our homes not only keep us up past the sun but also contain mostly blue light, which as we all know by now, kicks out our sleepy hormones.
Spend any time on a college campus (or for that matter, any home with a high schooler) and you know that overwork is part of the problem. Spend time with the parents of those children and you'd also find overwork a problem. There's great, surprising stuff out there about our culture's culture of "total work", where all things are about and for work.
So yes maybe I could work on hitting the snooze less, but maybe this isn't just a me thing. Maybe we need to take a harder look at our lives and culture and wonder, "Why are we so tired all the time?"