HAVE YOU SLEPT LATELY?
Temilolu lives at Akute, a small border town between Lagos State and Ogun State and works at her company’s headquarter at Obanlende in Victoria Island, Lagos. If you are familiar with these areas you will know they are at two extremes of the city of Lagos. To arrive at her office at 8.00am she has to set out at 5.00am. Lest I forget she has two children – a 6 month old girl and a four year old boy. Her husband however works at nearby Ikeja and doesn’t have to leave as early as she does.
Every morning Temi has to prepare her children for crèche and school so that her husband can drop them off later. She does not return home till late at night and she may not get to sleep till 11.00pm at night. But even then her sleep may be punctuated due to the baby needing some attention and she still has to wake up early the next morning. She was however not finding it easy at work and after a few months it was telling badly on her performance such that she agreed with her husband that rather than being sacked it would be better if she just changed her job.
Sleep is a naturally recurring state characterized by reduced or absent consciousness and inactivity of nearly all the voluntary muscles. It helps to conserve energy and if you have not noticed, animals do sleep as well. Sleep is considered to be adequate when there is no daytime sleepiness or dysfunction and an average adult should sleep for at least 6-7 hours.
There are a lot of people who have so much on their hands and as such give little time to eating, sleeping, taking breaks, going on vacations E.t.c. If you are one of those people, the next time you constantly and unnecessarily get irritable or experience memory lapse, severe yawning or lack of interest at work; then you should check when and how you have been sleeping lately. And please don’t miss the opportunity of that afternoon nap when it comes your way.
If you think it is only money you can owe, then I must inform you that you can have sleep debt too. Sleep debt causes mental, emotional and physical fatigue. It is very important you sleep, so as the world celebrates WORLD SLEEP DAY I would like to ask if you have slept lately.
Written by: Edema Opeyemi.
Edited by: Lawson Tolulope.