Now imagine if you have a full day’s work to do but only half a day to do it. Both things don’t get done. Or they get done badly. If they’re
important there are likely to be consequences, no? And it’s just the same if we shorten our window for sleep and let our sleep systems
(circadian rhythm) get out of sync.
Next imagine that, even as you work through your list, new tasks are constantly being added. Overwhelm and defeat are probably words
that come to mind. And so, it is for your brain when you are stressed.
When you are under stress, you’ll need more sleep to deal with the biochemical assault on your body. But it is exactly at these times that
you are more likely to have a whirring mind, rapid heartbeat and cascade of hormonal reactions that make sleep so difficult. So the cycle
becomes vicious. So, if your sleep isn’t quite what you you’d like, your brain is going to have its work cut out to break the vicious cycle
and it’ll need you to put some strong action-oriented boundaries into your routines to help it out.