Picture this: You’re out with friends and you’re having fun, but then you check the time and realize how late it is, and you start explaining that you need to go home. Your friends try to convince you to stay. You explain you need to go to bed.
“You can sleep when you’re dead!” somebody exclaims.
Ever been there?
Gah, I just can’t stand that saying! Here’s why:
The whole point of the phrase is to encourage people to live while their alive, but poor sleep habits (or just not sleeping) only brings you closer to death. Fact: human beings require sleep in order to survive. The end. So shaming people for taking part in that necessary survival technique is utterly ridiculous.
Based on my experience, different amounts of sleep in one night can have a major effect on how the following day or week goes.
A good amount of sleep = feeling healthy and energetic.
Sleep deprivation because I chose to “sleep when I’m dead” = feeling like the living dead and not having the energy to do what I want to do while I’m alive.
Also, you don’t know if I’m the kind of person who can handle being up until all hours because I can sleep whenever I want, or if I’m the kind of person who can’t sleep in so staying up for one night affects the rest of my week. But in telling me to “sleep when I’m dead,” you’re saying you don’t really care either way, as long as it doesn’t affect your good time.
I guess my problem with this phrase, whether you tell it to yourself or you say it to another person, is that it disregards self-care and good health in favour of the YOLO life. Not that having the odd wild night isn’t okay – I just think there’s a difference between doing it knowing that there may be consequences the following morning, and doing it only because this silly turn of phrase makes it okay.
So my opinion? (Take it or leave it.)
Get crazy because you want to, not because you got guilted or you’re guilting yourself into it.
Have a good time, friends! Live happily and healthfully. I’m gonna go to bed.