During my internal medicine residency, I was one of the “subjects” in my then-attending Vinny Aurora’s (@futuredocs) experiments of residents and sleep. I wore a little black watch looking thingy for about a month that tracked when (or not) I was sleeping.
I don’t sleep much. Life is too full for sleep! I get about 4.5-6 hours during the week. I make up for it on the weekend; I like to get 8-10 then.
I am chronically sleep deprived. I know it. I feel it. I fade most afternoons. I usually don’t indulge in the p.m. coffee run, but most days it would be nice (like right now).
One thing I have found, though, is that a quick nap during my mid-week research day is OH, SO, NICE …..
On Wednesdays we have a 7 a.m. conference. I get up at 5:20 to make it on time. I usually go to bed between 11 and 12:30 the night before. I barely stay awake for it, but waiting for me after that hour of knowledge building is a cozy, warm, quiet office. Very Very Nice. Very Very sleep inducing.
I know I shouldn’t sleep “on the job”, but isn’t that what some recent studies of work hours are suggesting? I find my 20-40 minute naps (don’t ask me exactly where/how I take said nap) are excellent revivers. I feel so much better afterwards, and I truly think it improves my focus and concentration. It doesn’t impact how long I work, since “work” takes me well past 6 p.m. most nights.
I’m all for naps. When I had to take them, I didn’t appreciate it. Now, though, there are days in clinic when I long for a quick trip to my warm, quiet office . . .test Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (0)