Sickness versus Wellness is why we CrossFit, eat paleo, and start to consider what’s important in life. Our bodies were meant to respond to acute stress, the fight or flight kind, where we respond to a short-term stressful situation. Our bodies were not meant to deal with chronic stress, long-term stressful lifestyles (like going from an early busy morning, to a long day hating your job, to a long busy evening with family or work at home). This affects us because “From your adrenal glands’ perspective, your overbearing supervisor might as well be a hungry lion chasing you – for eight hours every day.”
Why is this a problem?
“Your hormonal system is one of the major victims of chronic stress. In healthy circumstances, your body maintains a balance between stress and relaxation, regulated by the cycle of two hormones: cortisol (which stimulates wakefulness) and melatonin (which causes sleep). Cortisol and melatonin naturally fluctuate during the day in a cycle known as your circadian rhythms – cortisol peaks in the morning and dips in the evening, when melatonin takes over during sleep.
By stimulating continuous production of cortisol, chronic stress causes imbalances in your hormonal cycle and disruption of your circadian rhythms. Instead of giving way to melatonin in the evening, cortisol stays high, leaving you lying awake worrying because your body never got the signal to wind down and prepare for sleep. Even if you do fall asleep, elevated cortisol can disrupt the rhythms of your natural sleep cycle, making your sleep not as restful. Sleep deprivation it itself a stressor, so the cycle becomes self-perpetuating.”
Pleeeaaase Read more from the Paleo Diety Lifestyle to convince yourself that sleep is important for so many reasons and you MUST re-organize your life for your wellness and sanity.
As for my 2 cents, You should be satisfied with ALL decisions you make in life and don’t complain about things that ARE in your control (excuses are like buttholes).