Sleep is considered an occupation, or an activity that directly supports its counterparts including work, self-care, participation in daily activities, learning, and upholding an interdependency in relationships.
The inability to sleep over an average of 7.5 hours every night directly creates a counterforce to focusing, problem-solving, and carrying-out actions in team-work, competitiveness, and productivity. Will-power weakens enabling absences and illness caused from poor hygiene and body care.
The less or more sleep the steeper the hill to being productive or to be at your best performance (Hublin et al 2013).
To get to a lifestyle of aging gracefully and engaging with meaning in daily tasks ask these questions:
- Is proficient self-care present?
- Is stress being burrowed by unhealthy behaviors (over-eating, laziness, blaming others)?
- Is it difficult to fall asleep most nights?
- What patterns most often occur with lack of sleep?
- What routines remedy next day blahs from lack of sleep?
Humans are 100% reliant on self-care. Basic survival requires healthy-giving nutrition, abundant water, frequent physical movement, and attention to safety.
Active listening results in consistent health improvement.
Being a good observer includes listening to inner bodily groans. The hands that raised us into adulthood required distinction of a social cry from an emotional cry. Often adults still need to learn the body's distinct differences between what it's asking for.
What is the root of this behavior?
In infancy our needs were met by our caregivers. We were positioned to depend on their supplying our self-care. Their cradling arms, the surroundings and furnishings they filled our bedroom with, and their habits and patterns shaped us. This created our story and shapes our story-telling.
By day and night our inner groans follow the neurological paths learned through our history. This began with how we listen to our needs, identify the facts, then act on caring for ourself each day.
One Client, who is a doctor, finally confessed his 23 year habit to pop an aspirin in his mouth every time he felt tired. "Just one or two aspirin every time your tired and a cup of coffee a day will keep you going!" Now he's retired and unable to sleep more than 3 hours a night. Daily he exhibited anxiety to problem solve, communicated with anger, and presented unsafe self-care with diet and sleep.
Over time we met the goal to safely transition between occupations (things that 'occupy' our time) to improve sleep. Taking a pill to transition from wake to sleep, or coffee to transition from sleep to wake may quickly turn into co-dependent behaviors. These habits hinder applying contextual healthy strategies for boosting sleep.
Genetic factors in evolution of sleep length – a longitudinal twin study in Finnish adults. Hublin C, Partinen M, Koskenvuo M, Kaprio J. Journal of Sleep Research, DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12051 (Article first published online: 20 Mar 2013)