23 July 2008

So Who Is Getting Enough Sleep These Days?

I was reading DuaPaiLang & Missus' trip to get an aura reading and the consultant noted that both have not had enough and/or proper sleep in recent months and that health was not at optimum level.

Question is.

Who has?

Perhaps a show of hands if you have been getting enough decent sleep of late and that you are in perfect health?

I am really not surprised if I don't hear even a positive response from anyone.

Blame it on the perils of modern civilisation. We have so many distractions to chase that we are too often than not, short of time to pursue them. All of us in the region of my age demographics (17 to 47) have a big chunk of our day time taken away each day. To some, it's call a job. To the younger ones, it's called school. Even that varies from individual to individual. We hear of nightmare stories of accountancy newbies leaving the office past midnight for months on ends or even a year or two. Or students, especially those who have to juggle work and studies at the same time.

So by right, we aren't left with much time per day to do any other thing and yet we yield to the temptations to all the distractions around us, TV, parties, web surfing, net chatting, blogging(!) etc. which means that we have to dip our hands into the time originally allocated for sleep.

Ironically, the less time we have for rest, the more we want to "Not-Rest". It is almost unheard of to hear (no pun intended) people going to bed at 10pm and we no longer bad an eyelid to see people staggering into the office after just barely gotten to sleep at 4am earlier.

First to be throw out of the window is sleep time followed by time allocated for exercise.

So thinking about us in the modern society, there is no way one can get enough proper sleep and to be in perfect health.


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- Voxeros

1. Gary left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 2:50 am
i can dont sleep at night. but after that, i will sleep the whole day. lol, a whole new meaning to burn the midnight oil.

2. NNPC left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 8:56 am ::
I agree with you, lets say one person ends his work on time, he/she has dinner with his/her friends, chit chat awhile, head somewhere for a few drinks, head home, shower, turn on computer/ laptop, surf and chat, its past 2am already. Fundamentally, out lifestyle is changing and so is societal perception towards work on a whole.

3. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:17 am :: 
Gary: Ahh... the boon of being a student where the timetable is a tad more flexible than the rest of us wage earners.

NPPC: It seems that we are all so consumed by work that it eats into our personal time which in turn eats into our rest time. These days we see less and less people getting off work on time, sometimes for all the wrong reasons.

4. Ed left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:31 am
I agree 100%. I have been telling people more or less the same things.

5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:42 am :: 
Ed: It is a sad world that humanity is enslaved by the pursuit of income. I was in Vietnam a few years ago and I see these village families who sits around all day sipping coffee and swatting away the houseflies. Yes they are poor. No TV, just a beat up discarded refrigerator surviving on a choking and chugging generator.

Guess what? It made me wonder, between the bum villagers and myself, who is the happier?

6. spiller left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 2:56 pm
totally agree. i only got enough sleep during weekends.
but then again, the football season is coming soon :(

7. rn left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 4:30 pm ::
I think it's all about balance. Stop going for drinks after work. Sleep earlier just one day. Wake up earlier the next to make up for work. The type of food one eats also makes a point.
I think just it's all about choice. You make the choice, you stick to it. How much time is actually spent on work and others on play? There are some, though very few, that are actually at work for those 14 hours. Most of us spend a lot of time online doing crap. You can take a break but 15 mins an hour is more than a break if it's done hourly.
You get the drift? Call me the devil's advocate when I say people have to suffer for their choices and stop blaming external factors because this is bad for the people who actually really suffer due to those external factors.

8. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 5:01 pm ::
RN: I agreed absolutely on the choice part and I have seen many choosing to work late or worse stay in the office late while pretending to be doing work when they ACTUALLY have a choice to leave the office on time.

I also agree to people wasting a shitload of time, crapping on the internet. I am one of them. :P

9. Passerby A left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 9:57 pm
I agree with RN. People should take responsibility for their choices in life. There is no such thing is "no choice". Although I am also guilty of wasting time @ work. ;)

10. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 10:05 pm :: 
Passerby A: It seemed so much easier to talk about it but in reality it is much harder than it looks to be taking responsibility over our choice of spending time. Haiz...

11. Ruok left...
Wednesday, 23 July 2008 10:09 pm
bah, sleep is for the weak.

12. Posh left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 12:07 am
I tend to get sufficient rest during the week, except for the weekends, time flies faster and hence, make do with less.

13. Passerby A left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 8:30 am
@JayWalk, While I would agree, in our current society, there are many time consuming activities to occupy us, I do not think it is that hard to acknowledge that it is the person's free choice to pursue said activity regardless of how "wasteful" or "useful" it is.
That being said, isn't it strange that most people claim Singapore is a boring city but yet do not find enough time to have a good night's rest?

14. Missus left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 9:04 am
Yes! I am perpetually tired and drained! Not enough time for anything! Worst when my workplace colleagues are all workaholics - arrive before 8.30am and leaves after 8pm! I am racing the rat race. @.@

15. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 24 July 2008 11:00 am :: 
ruok: Tough talk coming from someone who is always nodding off when out during field exercises. ;)

Posh: Funny how we always cannot wake up on time for work and it's rise and early shine during the weekends? :P

Passerby A: It is a boring place. Time is being furiously consumed doing boring things!

Missus: And they say slavery has been eradicated. Hmm....

16. Ruok left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 1:58 am
But I've become much stronger now mah ;)

17. Posh left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 10:31 am
yea, weekends are sure precious. But, at least for now, everyday is a weekend for me.

18. JayWalk left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 11:02 am :: 
ruok: Sure, old man.... sure......

Posh: For you this is just a temporary phase. It will be over soon. Fret not.

19. Posh left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 12:08 pm
whatever will be, will be. c'est la vie. bonne weekend.

20. JayWalk left...
Friday, 25 July 2008 2:39 pm :: 
Posh: Oh well, Take it easy. One door close, another will open.

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