More and more of us go to bed too late because of sleep procrastination. What are the nighttime rituals that keep you up before finally dozing off?
Studying comes to my mind whenever the exam is near, and it is always near in medical school. An exam every two or three weeks for the current cycle, followed with the next cycle, repeating itself three or four times per semester. Like other medical students, I considered myself diligent in learning and doing tasks, I set the goals with quantified outcome and I assessed the situation to know what I have to do to earn it. Life in medical school is not easy, we don’t drink at night, date every weekend, we don’t even get enough sleep daily (if we want to succeed the test and learn all the materials).
Sometimes when I work myself too much, my mother told me that I’ve to take care of my body (and perhaps life) first before helping other’s taking care theirs. It’s like the precaution on airplanes emergency procedure, put your oxygen mask first before putting your kid’s. Because unless you are alive and function properly, we couldn’t help anyone.
It’s important for a doctor (and future doctor) to have a well rested sleep, a healthy diet, and routine excercise, but in reality I know several doctor who doesn’t have a day off in a week. Thoughts?