How many of us have heard people say, or have been guilty ourselves of saying that we have too much to do right now, too much life to live and that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”? I would almost guarantee that probably just about every person with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia has said that because of the Type A personalities most of us exhibit.
After all, it was this attitude that helped lead us to the unhealthy lifestyle that we find ourselves in now – pushing our bodies beyond the limits it was capable of producing and not taking enough time to rest – enough time to sleep. Then when the illnesses set in, the sleep disorders set in and we know all too well that by not sleeping the theory “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” will come sooner than later because of these issues.
But this message is being promoted across America that success is only achieved by working around the clock, going on very little sleep, because you will have “time to sleep later”. You need to work now. You need to push yourself hard for the short-term in order to have long-term gain. But for how many of us has this backfired? It did for me. Trying to achieve success and getting to the top fast so that I could have long-term gain only resulted in a life sentence of chronic health problems that I am reminded of every second of every day.
I believe in hard work and I believe in working for your goals. But I am so fed up with this crap being fed to people that working themselves into the ground is going to be beneficial in the long run when I have first-hand seen how much damage it can do permanently to a person’s body.
Is lack of sleep and lack of rest worth risking the rest of your life for? Because that is the path many are headed down – the same that I have to live and the millions of us with chronic illness.