The past few days of staying up way past my bedtime have really caught up with me. I was very groggy at work and my mind felt like it was processing sludge. Basically I was not in the best of shape whatsoever. Though I managed to keep to my 2008 goals, there were times that I was getting close to snapping at a certain co-worker. It's amazing the things that happen when you get over-tired and exhausted — all semblance of self-control just disappears. Goal #6 for 2008: Get Plenty Of Sleep
We all try to squeeze in as much as we can into a day. I know I was a big offender of that, especially in college. I couldn't stay up for 24-36 hours that often, but I sure as heck tried.
The downside due to lack of sleep is that I don't feel as well in many ways beyond just the physical. I'll tend to eat more than usual, my brain feels like pudding, and basically I'm just trying to make it through the day.
It's not bad to stay awake for a longer period of time as long as it is done in moderation, but I've done it five nights this week and I'm beginning to feel the effects. I don't like it at all.
To be the best person I can be, sleep will need to take a higher priority that it has before. This will mean not staying up late at Movie Night and adding a curfew on Games Night. Even late night blogging will have to take a back seat so I can get myself into a healthier regimen.
Thus I am going to take my own advice and log off now. My body and spirit says it's time.