I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
For example, if you sleep 2 hours a night, you’ll experience a range of symptoms:
- Reduced alertness
- Shortened attention span
- Slower than normal reaction time
- Poorer judgement
- Reduced awareness of the environment and situation
- Reduced decision-making skills
- Poorer memory
- Reduced concentration
- Increased likelihood of mentally ‘stalling’ or fixating on one thought
- Increased likelihood of moodiness and bad temper
- Reduced work efficiency
- Loss of motivation
You COULD drink coffee to increase alertness and concentration, read books about critical thinking to improve judgement, take antidepressants to fix your moodiness, read self-help books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Peanut Trolls to get some motivation and snort some NZT-48 to speed up speeeeed up speeeeed up your brain brain brain 🧠
Is that the answer?
No way josé.
If you only sleep 2 hours each night, all the “symptom fixes” will be a total and complete waste of energy 😰
They’ll cost you time, energy and mucho dinero 💰💰💰 but you won’t actually solve the real problem.
If you want to fix the various symptoms you’re experiencing, you have to go to bed earlier and wake up later – it’s that simple. You have to sleep for 7-8 hours each night. And if you’ve been sleeping 2 hours a night for a long time, it might take weeks or months to pay back your sleep debt.
In other words…
You don’t have 99 problems (reduced alertness, poor concentration, moodiness, etc).
You have 1 problem (you sleep 2 hours a night).
The same applies to mental and emotional health.
People think they have anxiety and depression and insomnia and low confidence and worries about money and relationship problems and imposter syndrome and bad hair days and too many pimples and not enough energy and shitty WiFi in the middle of The Good Place.
In other words…
Most people think they have multiple “problems”.
But is this true?
Or like the symptoms related to sleeping 2 hours a night, are all these “problems” just symptoms of a deeper issue?
The more I work directly with my nervous system, the more I come to believe that most so-called “problems” are just “leaves on a tree”. Symptoms of an underlying problem. Symptoms of nervous system dysregulation.
This is good news!
It means that we don’t need worry about all these different issues.
Simply go to the ROOT and solve the issue there.
Bring regulation, safety and healing to your nervous system – and many/most so-called “problems” dissolve (except for bad hair days and unreliable WiFi).
P.S. Know anyone who thinks they have lots of different problems?
Refer them to The Daily Growl (this email newsletter) and give them a new map for navigating life – the nervous system map.