Here’s a bit of self-serving science: According to a study in Sleep Medicine released earlier this year (but just discovered by me), a night of disrupted sleep can be just as bad as a night of barely any sleep at all when it comes to mood and brain function.
For the last couple of weeks, I have woken up at 3:00 or 3:30a.m. and had a very difficult time getting back to sleep. The result has been irritability, increased anxiety and a harder time focusing during the day. It started with my cat (who is surprised by this?) who chose this pre-dawn time to knock things off my bedside table to get my attention several days in a row.
But even after I banished the cat from the bedroom, I still find myself waking up at 3:00 or 3:30, falling back to sleep for a little while and waking back up a…
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