Lack of sleep makes no cents


Editor Liz and our marketing guru Heather (she’s very busy lately trying to drum up messaging to entice you to submit an HME Excellence application) both have very young children and therefore, like to compare notes on different stages of development, etc. Not coincidentally, they also use the same daycare so they also gossip about that.

I know all of this because Liz’s cube is on the other side of mine and I can’t help but hear. The convo is often fascinating to me.

Today’s topic was sleep. Apparently, even babies don’t always get enough. I also have a friend with a four-year-old struggling with sleep.

I suppose parents have always been concerned with how well their offspring are sleeping, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how the national conversation around sleep has grown. Especially since I sent an assignment to our contributing editor John Andrews today that featured—sleep.

Then I came across this article about the impact of sleep deprivation on employer’s wallets, to the tune of $63 billion a year in the U.S.

$63 billion! The tired mind boggles.

I have never been a good sleeper (sorry, Heather and Liz, that can happen), although I was an easy baby (unlike a certain brother of mine). I suspect this is because I’m a night owl by nature in a 9 to 5 world.

I'm also a light sleeper, which means precious sleep gets interrupted (why, oh why, is my roommate smashing around the kitchen at 6 am?! (Actually she's quiet as a mouse, I think every thing just sounds louder at that hour.)

Lately, I've gotten worse at sleeping.

But, I’ve also been slacking off on things like exercise and even just fresh air (since we are in Maine, I have an excuse for this; that fresh air is still pretty cold), both of which I firmly believe help with sleep. So, in an effort to sleep better, I am taking off extra early today to force myself to the gym and start building the habit again.

(Yawn). Wish me luck.