The Need for Sleep

Recorded on December 29th, 2016

Ignore for now how I’m up way too late and robbing myself of the sleep I know I need. I saw this thread from @UrbnHealthNP on Twitter today and I saved it in a bunch of ways so I’ll always have a copy:


Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): A really odd feeling to read about the sudden deaths of so many 50 and 60 year olds while having a patient roster full of 90 year olds.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): I don’t know anyone’s medical history but one thing I do know is stress is the precursor of every disease. Cellular stress. Mental stress.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): I tell people all the time, there’s a whole LOT that doesn’t show up in the numbers (lab reports, blood pressure etc) until it’s too late.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Stress is a silent killer. If people do absolutely nothing else in 2017, mitigating their stress would be more than enough.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): And what’s crazy to me is that people wear stress and that “hustle/grind…I’m so busy” like a badge of honor. Don’t believe the hype.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Nothing sexy about the cellular stress of insomnia all for the sake of hustling and grinding. Nope. Nothing.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): My goal is not to get more done but to have less to do. Productivity through rest, nutrition, and good, radical self care is my playbook.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): And here’s the other thing: just because you’ve always done a thing doesn’t mean it was always the right thing to do.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Just because you’ve always “survived” on four hours of sleep doesn’t mean it was always the best thing to do at the cellular level.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): There’s a thing called “stages of sleep.” Best to know what that’s all about & find out whether you’re really sleeping (ie resting) at night

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Folks have NO idea what an assault it is to their entire system, at the cellular level, to have night after night of no real sleep.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): By the time stress shows up in your numbers - blood pressure, labs, weight, etc - the cellular level assault has already taken place.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): And this is why, from my perspective, every single clinic visit should include a discussion abt how the person is coping with stress.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Eliminate stress? Not gonna happen. Stress is a part of life. For everyone. All the time. The question is how are you coping.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Coping: managing, mitigating, warding off, setting healthy boundaries, acknowledging limits, setting realistic expectations.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): And a word about the very last one: realistic expectations. I find that to be one of the main sources of personal stress.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Large majority of us are literally doing too damn much. Too much for too many with too little. And running on fumes.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Boundaries work great for other people. But what about the boundaries we need to be setting for ourselves, like a decent night’s rest?

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): What about the boundary of health as the very FIRST wealth?

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Real talk: being downright honest about your stress and learning how to cope with it is literally money in the bank.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Do NOT normalize the sudden deaths of 50 and 60 year olds when folks are out here playing tennis in their 80s and 90s.

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Poor Sleep May Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease http://ln.is/SQ5w5

Angel, NP
(@UrbnHealthNP): Lack of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage for Alzheimer’s Disease http://ln.is/KEgDO via @NPR

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