By LAURA SANCHEZ, Staff Writer
I love sleeping. I love laying in bed after waking up after a great nap. But even though I’m a huge fan, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that sleep is a backstabbing diva.
Think about the experience of taking a nap. You tell yourself that you’re going to take a twenty-minute power nap so you can wake up and have enough energy to finish studying for your Psychology exam the next day, so you set your alarm, and you instantly fall asleep. The alarm rings twenty minutes later. You press snooze. Then you set another alarm for an extra twenty minutes. Pretty soon, your twenty-minute nap turns into an hour-long nap, and it takes you an extra fifteen minutes to even get up from bed because you wake up totally disconcerted and groggy.
Then you’ve got the case when you fall asleep at nine o’clock one night, and are ecstatic over the fact that you’re going to get at least eight hours of sleep. When you wake up the next morning, however, you’re even more tired than you were the days that you got less than five hours of sleep. You silently curse the fact that you went to sleep early.
Finally, there are the other days, usually Fridays, when you have no classes, no huge preoccupations for the day, and wake up three hours later than usual. You want to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day, but then you realize that you…actually have things to do. If you stay in and sleep all day, suddenly, a whole day is wasted. And if there is one thing that I have learned recently is that a wasted day is a HUGE loss.
All these are times when sleep is a treacherous little devil that make us regret having fallen asleep in the first place. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not breaking up with sleep, and we have a healthy relationship most of the time. I’d still rather sleep in than get up to run at 8AM on a Saturday, and I could never pull off three all-nighters in a week like several people I know. I need sleep to survive. But somehow, I feel that the more I sleep, the more I miss out on life, and the more tired I get.
Despite this, I’m not changing my sleep routines any time soon. You won’t find me awake at 2:00 AM when I have to work at 8AM the next day, and I think a good night’s sleep can definitely make a bad day better. But I would rather go off on a late-night adventure with friends instead of sleeping. I’d rather forego an afternoon nap if it meant that I could go on a fro-yo run. All I’m saying is that maybe we lose more than we gain when we take a nap or have a lie-in all day. Sleep, you’re great, but sometimes you can be a bit of a backstabber.