Sleep and Why We Need It

It seems humans, like every other animal, are programmed to be asleep multiple times a day. Afternoon naps sound familiar? My theory is that we’ve disciplined ourselves away from what nature intended because we need as many daylight hours as possible.

Even before today’s world of business and computers etc, we would’ve needed the daylight to get our farming etc done because we couldn’t see at night.

Whatever the reason, is it a good idea to nix naps?


I’m not a napper for various reasons, but I do believe in getting plenty of sleep at night. The older I get, the more difficulty I often have with sleeping. When I was a child, I lived in SoCal was able to sleep through earthquakes. My sister used to be able to push me out of bed on to the floor and I still wouldn’t have woken up.

Sleep for me meant slipping into a coma at night and only grudgingly (with much prodding, shaking, and yelling) coming out of it in the morning.


Now, however, it can take me up to an hour to fall asleep at times and I’ll wake up multiple times during the night. Insomnia has attacked me a number of times till I was desperate and fell back on medication. No, not insomnia meds. I’d turn to NyQuil or Benadryl. The doctor recommended Benadryl because it was non-habit forming, I have allergies anyway, and my body wouldn’t grow accustomed to it.

There are times I’ll take Benadryl for so long that I’m afraid to stop because I don’t want to be unable to sleep again. But I force myself to stop after awhile and my sleep patterns go back to normal. Yay!


What do you do when you can’t sleep?


About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming world-famous (not really). I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a writer, a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer, and a nutter for doing all of the above.

Posted on August 25, 2014, in Personal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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