I’m going to sleep my way to the top.

There’s a reason sleep deprivation is used as a torture device.  This was never more apparent to me than when my older daughter, Lisle, spent 6 days in the hospital with RSV when she was a 3-month-old baby.  Between her pitiful coughing and the nurses’ frequent visits, I did not sleep for 5 days straight.  Steve finally made me go home for a few hours after I had a breakdown.  So yeah, getting enough sleep is essential.

Arianna Huffington gave this talk at the TED Women’s Conference in December 2010 about how much more productive, alert to problems, and innovative we might all be if we just got more sleep.  Tomorrow’s next big idea, hell, my next big idea might be hiding behind the eight hours of regular sleep I haven’t been getting.  Lights out by 10 p.m. tonight!

About Chris DeVinney

Me in a nutshell: mom, writer, former lobbyist, wife, volunteer, lover of music and art, massive fan of traveling, and something of a smart ass. A typical INTJ, I quietly observe anyone and anything that comes into my orbit, squirreling away material for future essays. These days I spend my time writing about whatever interests me (both professionally and personally) and trying to strike the balance between taking care of kids/family/house/pets and me. Occasionally I nail it, hang on to it briefly, and then scramble back toward the center when the tipping starts again. I know, it’s a common story.
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2 Responses to I’m going to sleep my way to the top.

  1. Monocurious says:

    Me too ladybug, I think I’d find all sorts of treasured wisdom with some additional REM time.

  2. Jeannified says:

    This is EXACTLY why I started going to bed with Roman every night. I used to lie down with him and let him nurse until he fell asleep and then I’d sneak out of the bed and go downstairs to spend some time with Jeff. However, I realized that I could simply lie down with Roman and go to sleep MYSELF. That did it. Now I pretty much hit the bed by 8:30 PM or so and LOVE it! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

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