There are many things adults have in common and one of those things are lack of sleep or rest. It seems like the older we get the more our bodies try to slow us down but we have so much “adulting” to do on a daily basis that it is becoming very hard to stay afloat. “I’m Tired,” has to be the one of the most common phrases that I hear from many people, including myself, at least 5-10 times a week. And unfortunately, behind the word ” tired,” can associate with so many things in our life that doesn’t always pertain to just sleep.
I like the saying you cannot give the day your best self if you are constantly running on empty. So when do you find the time to slow down? When do you actually deal with the fact that you are completely exhausting yourself because you are dealing with things that are running you into the ground?
Tired as in sick and tired:
What is causing you to be so tired? Your job? Your family? A relationship? Or maybe you are just tired of the routine and all the problems that come with dealing with life. Maybe you are not tired, perhaps you are sad or weary. Maybe you are running out of patience about something or worn out about certain events or people in your life. Tired has become the opposite excuse and response of “I’m Fine.” And we have to deal with the root behind the word and figure out what’s really going on in our lives, mentally. Because physically you are probably fine. You probably get enough sleep but something or someone has looped you into a repetitive or stagnant situation that is causing you to be “tired.”
Tired as in Sleepy or not rested:
Adults do not get enough sleep. It seems like we are lucky to get at least 4-5 hours of sleep these days and that’s only if you are lucky. All the coffee and caffeine in the world will not help you get through the day. If nothing else, you will crash by the end of the day leaving you even more tired than before. Or leave you even more restless when it is time to sleep. Insomnia is a real issue that I am sure every adult has experienced. Waking up in the middle of the night, tossing and turning, is the result of a lot of problematic issues that many adults are not aware of. One issue is that adults have way too much on our minds. It is so hard to allow our minds to rest or be placed at ease. There are health issues that also could be an underlying cause of sleep deprivation and it is important that you make sure you are aware of your health.
Stress, Blood Pressure, Migraines/ headaches, Muscle aches and Pains ( perhaps uncomfortable/old mattress) or even perhaps a sleep disorder can all play a part in sleep deprivation or being tired.
I can’t diagnose your issue. You know what kind of tired you are and you also know when you need rest or need to deal with something head on. Those strained red eyes, yawning, fatigue, and break down of your body are not to be stubborn about. The sharp pains in your chest, headaches, emotions, and nagging feeling are nothing to dismiss. Get some rest or get some help. Go to sleep or address the issue. Your mind and body will thank you later.
I wrote this blog 3 months ago before the rat race came to a hault. I hope, by now in being in isolation you are dealing with yourself and getting down to the root of what is causing you to be “tired.” Many of us are tired from the heaviness of the world, the violence, the pandemic, and race war that has became more and more apparent. If nothing else, now is the time to rest and slow your body down so it can rejuvenate and fully recover from the constant movement. Now is the time to address the weariness behind being tired and talk about it. Sometimes those supress emotions are the root of you being tired, physically.