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Can’t Sleep? You’re Not the Only One

If you’re anything like me, a college student with extracurricular activities, then you probably understand what it feels like to not get enough sleep. For three years, I haven’t felt like I get enough sleep, and even when I get a full eight hours, my body just seems to want more. Sometimes it feels like my only purpose in life is to sleep.

Did you know that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping? Or that sleep specialists still haven’t figured out the exact reason why humans require sleep? Like, it’s the one thing we do every day of our life, and we still don’t understand exactly why we do it. Now, I really love sleep, but like, think about all the things we could get done if we didn’t need to, and don’t even get me started on the nuisance that is going to the bathroom.

I often find myself wondering why even when I sleep for eight hours, I sometimes wake up tired, yet if I get less than that or more than that I can feel even more tired or perfectly rested. I think that our body is constantly changing what it wants from us, and it’s just difficult at times to understand what it wants us to do.

Personally, I think that the best thing about sleeping is dreams. All dreams have meaning, and can tell us things that we’re not understanding or realizing yet when conscious. For example, if you dream about someone dying, it might mean that you miss them, or perhaps that you desire an attribute that the person who’s dying in your dream possesses. I think dream interpretations are the coolest thing, although I do think that, occasionally, dreams are just our way of exercising our imagination and brain.

If you’re interested in learning more about sleep, check out “The Mystery of Sleep” on Netflix, or check out this site to learn more about what your dreams might mean!


Karlie Frazier

App State '20

Karlie Frazier is a junior at Appalachian State University getting a degree in Public Health (Biology minor). She is interested in going to law school to become a health lawyer. She enjoys studying all things health related including but not limited to epidemiology and disease. Her favorite things to listen to are the Backstreet Boys and Alternative music. When she isn't writing about the daily happenings of her life and the world around her, she is knitting a scarf, completing word games and enjoying her college days.
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