Reasons to Sleep



Recently, I re-read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Over and over, the main character, Hazel, talks about sleep noting that it is good for cancer patients, it “cures cancer.”

In March, I read a piece in Forbes that said, “Lack of sleep kills brain cells.” In fact it stated, that sleep loss could lead to “irreversible brain damage.”

Another study explained that lack of sleep created a condition similar to a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Maybe it was my Mormon upbringing in my perfectionist family (one could perform open heart surgery on my the floor of my father’s garage), but, until recently, I felt guilty when I slept.

I thought I should be cleaning the house, reading, writing, running, or working in the garden. Sleep seemed like a waste of time.

But, today, I took a nap. 

It felt delicious. And, I felt better.


About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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