My husband called last night and told me he had just watched 60 Minutes. Two segments on sleep deprivation. He speculated that all my problems could conceivably be caused by my problems sleeping—especially lately. I’ve been extremely emotionally reactive which as the second study in the 60 minute piece shows, is a marker of sleep deprivation. In other words my poor little amygdala is tired.
My husband told me about the 60 minute show and I was somewhat non-responsive because I was very tired. He kept repeating how important it was and that we should concentrate on helping me sleep. Yes, yes, I said. That is all I ever think about is how to sleep. I’ve never not been aware of how important this issue is.
Last night when he told me about it my cable was so slow I couldn’t watch the program online. When I went to bed last night, while I usually fall asleep in 20 minutes, I was so worked up from a bad day and anxious to get good sleep that I never fell into a deep sleep and was up at 4 am after going to bed at midnight. I usually fall asleep right away and sleep about 6 hours which as the program shows is not enough and I think it’s a double whammy for me because I’m on drugs.
Well I’m awake now thanks to being paranoid about sleep and I watched the program. Here are part one and part two of The Science of Sleep on 60 minutes. Unfortunately they offer no solution to the problem. Just report on all the disastrous results of sleeping poorly.
For me the thing that is most notable are fatigue, cognitive problems and emotional reactivity. And I never feel safe driving anymore. Yes, it’s possible those are caused by drug withdrawal, but it’s pretty clear the sleep deprivation is playing a role too and I’m in a compromised state so we can imagine it’s worse than it would be otherwise.
Now I hope I can get back to sleep. Goodnight—or actually good morning—hope to be alert again around 11 am or noon.