But alas, I don’t mean this in a frisky way.
I’m sick in bed with an actual fever.
I’m making the best of the situation. I have on my favorite flannel pajamas (the ones with black and pink panda’s), am watching TV (HGTV House Hunters!), while my family brings me snacks (animal crackers – although Ari grabs out all the lions!).
Many folks believe falling prey to sickness (and/or twisting an ankle) is the universe’s way to get you to slow down and think about your life.
Being the Glad Scientist that I am, that’s what I’m now doing – and I’ve become uber-aware of how I’ve been over-doing.
The truth of the matter: I’m excitedly working on some new projects – and haven’t been getting enough sleep.
These days (and nights) (and 1 am’s!) I not only see my plate has “half full,” I see it as overly full: I’ve got my new webinars (launching now!), new licensing opportunities (stay tuned!), new app (an “instant pep talk”!) and my soon-to-come TEDX seminar in June ( on how “fun is a high performance fuel – the importance of play at work.” )
On a humorous note, one of the interesting factoids I collected for my TEDX seminar is a little something on the dangers of sleep deprivation!
Yes, the universe loves to toss a little irony in our faces – because I was writing about the dangers of sleep deprivation the other night/morning at 1 am – for my TEDX powerpoint – including this ditty from Charles Czeisler, a specialist in sleep deprivation at Harvard Medical School.
“Lack of sleep can induce an impairment equivalent to having alcohol level in the blood,” says Cziesler.
Now, this quote isn’t just some literary metaphor Cziesler is bandying about. This quote is inspired from actual research findings on the blood of sleep deprived people.
“We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ …yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work,” jokes Czeisler.
Yep – sleep deprivation is not only bad for the body – but bad for the mind.
Lately a lot of companies are recognizing that “sleeping on the job,” is a good thing! Zappos, Nike, Google and The Huffington Post all have “nap rooms” for employees!
My Lesson/Your Lesson/Czeisler’s Lesson: If you want to be at your best – enjoying your dream career – you gotta make sure you spend enough time dreaming!