Happiness Starts in the Bedroom

Posted on 01 September 2010

I’ve always been a night owl.  Whether out and being social, working on a project, or simply passing time, I’ve always felt comfortable being up late into the evening.  I’ve come to understand as well that I have a nagging feeling like I should be doing something, and that going to sleep somehow forces me to miss out on things.

Contrasting that notion, I find that when I’ve not gotten enough sleep, that I have poorer control of my emotions — I’m more easily frustrated or enraged.  I don’t know how much of that is about the restorative powers of sleep on the brain itself, and how much it’s due to reduced insulin sensitivity because of the lack of sleep.  I’m a type II diabetic, and my blood sugar control this summer has been much better than before — often waking up at 95mg/dl or so instead of the 230+ from a few years ago.  I’ve felt like I’ve been thinking better, been more positive, smiled more, been more happy.  I’ve seen it crawl up again, particularly after a minimal-sleep trip to Las Vegas and an offset body clock.  It’s time to get back to the treadmill — exercise both has an immediate and a lingering lowering effect on my levels — but it’s hard to get on the treadmill and push myself when I haven’t slept.

Sleep needs to become a priority for me.  Happiness starts in the bedroom.


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