The ABCs of Getting Good ZZZs

I have always been jealous of people who seem to do great on four to five hours of sleep. I function very poorly on anything less than eight. When I get less sleep, I am in increased pain and I feel fuzzy, reactive, easily frustrated, and depressed. I often slip into the inviting pit of being a victim. None of this is where I want to operate from, so I must prioritize sleep.

Knowing we need sleep and getting the sleep we need are two different things, though. As someone who has had many surgeries, I have noticed sleep’s crucial role in promoting recovery and healing. But I also have always struggled to get the sleep I need. The darkness of night is often when…

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