This I Believe

Linda - Austin, Texas
Entered on January 8, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

A bed, a pillow, and a blanket. Three things that lead to rest and relaxation. Everyone needs it, everyone wants it when they’re tired or stressed, everyone yearns for the weekend when they might get a little more of it. I believe in sleep.

Sleep is the natural state of rest that is as essential to a person’s well being as food and water. It’s what calms me down after I’ve had a long day from stressing out about Physics or Calculus or anything else that makes me feel frustrated.

My belief all started kicking in this year when I decided to take these two classes. I have never felt so tired in my life. The first thing on my mind when I get home every day is, “Dang it, I have Physics and Calculus homework.” I’d try to do it right away to get it over with, but somehow I’d fall asleep on it until it’s dinner time. It NEVER works when I try to get it done in the afternoon. It must be because of my lack of sleep, the boredom of the lectures, or just the class in general, I don’t know. But I know that my mind does not like to cooperate when Physics and Calculus are circling in my head when I know I could be catching up on some Z’s.

There was this one, stressful day where I had to study hardcore for both classes. I stayed up until 4 in the morning trying to figure out what the heck x equals or why I even took these classes. I ask myself that every single day. I know they will help me in the end, but man, this is killing me.

I woke up the next morning with my eyes half open. I was too lazy to get ready for another dreadful day at school. Thank god I have Starbucks every morning. It’s what basically keeps me “alive” during the beginning of school. Then it dies off. And I need more sleep. Lack of this resulted in poor concentration and sometimes, even mood swings. I never appreciated how important sleep was until I began to lose it.

Now, whenever I have free time (which is not very often), I try to get some more sleep. Maybe an hour or two of rest can help me get through Physics and Calculus the next day. Or maybe it can just get my mind off of it for a while.

Sleep is not an optional part of life. Without enough of it, the ability to perform even the simplest tasks can dramatically decline. Everyone deserves a little relaxation every now and then. So tonight, get some sleep. It’s good for you.