It’s Not You, It’s Me

Sleep and I don’t usually get along.

There are many a nights where I’ve found myself tossing and turning for hours before drifting into a deep albeit short slumber. I lay in bed naming countries in my head, force feeding myself herbal teas but nothing ever works.

The broken relationship between sleep and I, now more dysfunctional than ever.

I fall into an unfortunate amount of sleep; way before the sun sets, only to find myself awake during the sun rise. This routine was exhausting.

According to my Misfit, I’m clocking in four hours of sleep back to back on the weekdays and ten hours during the weekend. You know it’s a problem when you go for an aura reading and the lady asks, “Are you getting enough sleep? Your aura is very sheer around your body, which means your mind and body are tired.”

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Mine is the very left, note how clearly you can see my body?

No, I’m not getting enough sleep. Yes, I’m always tired.

Ultimately, I am to blame for this. Not work, friends, or life in general. I hold all responsibility.

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Opportunity cost is a macroeconomic term that can be applied to this very situation that all of us face on a daily basis.

To illustrate, you have the choice of staying home or hanging out with friends. By staying home, you gain a few hours of sleep but you don’t get to spend time with your friends. On the other hand, you can sacrifice sleep by gaining some time with friends. The choice is yours; as well as mine for the past few weeks.

Instead of turning down my friends’ offers to catch a flick or grab dinner, I have been saying yes to everything.

So here I am, a month later and I’m perpetually tired.

Clearly, I’m not the poster child of someone who has it together.

Let me be frank, this whole work-life balance is difficult. Time management has always been a strong suit of mine, but damn, I need to rethink my ways.

Which is why, I’m proclaiming to the Internet, that for the month of July I will be spending less and staying home more.

Being a hermit the past semester was great for my well-being. I did yoga every day for a month, slept for more than six hours on average, and I kept KUL running consistently. However, by meeting new people and trying my best to have a social life, I lost sleep by gaining new friends and doing fun things.

It’s time to steer this ship back on track, folks. So, moderation is key here. My goal is to get at the very least six hours of sleep a day without being a complete hermit.

We’ll see how well this goes.

Have some tips and tricks on sleeping better or handling life well in general? Tweet us at @kulmagazine. 


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