IT’S ON THE BACK BURNER
You know you’ve got some sleep issues, but there’s never a good time to deal with them, and really, “it’s not that bad,” so you keep pushing them to the “back burner.” You may have fairly clear insights about your sleep, perhaps poking fun at yourself. Maybe you joke about the request to “Deal with my bad sleep?” with “Hmmm, good idea, let me sleep on it!”
Your perspective is hardly uncommon.
If you were to come into our sleep lab where we could explore further, we’d likely find you have higher than average intelligence and are very capable of reciting chapter and verse about what’s wrong with your sleep. What we find so interesting is how so many people like you are unable to take the discussion to the next level and seriously consider treatment.
The common denominator is a very hectic and busy lifestyle, and there is no obvious evidence that solving your sleep problem (if it can indeed be characterized as a “problem”) will reap great rewards.
Given your strong work ethic, you have probably found that through will power or caffeine or both, you can remain highly productive. It would be very difficult to persuade you that sleep treatment will enhance your energy reserves.
Again, because of your strong work ethic, you would not easily recognize a problem with cognitive impairment of memory, concentration or atttention, because the way you work forces you to stay on top of what you’re doing. For example, you may rely heavily and quite effectively on PDAs, Blackberries, a personal assistant or other listing and scheduling tools to maintain your productivity.
SO, WHY DON’T YOU SEE YOUR SLEEP PROBLEM AS A PROBLEM?…
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