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Grumpy when Tired? Six Tips from Your Sleep Doc.
May 12, 11 9:57 PM
Have you noticed how grumpy, ill-tempered, and short we are when running on too little sleep? This happens because of overstimulated Amygdala (our brain’s fear center) and underactive Executive Center (Prefrontal Cortex of our brain.) Here are a few tips I found immensely helpful during my post call days in the clinic and in the hospital.
1. Walk with a bounce and exude contagious enthusiasm and optimism.
2. Smile often. Recognize that smile is your savior. Stay close to people with positive demeanor. Humor and happiness stabilize our intellect.
3. Pause before answering. Save emotional e-mails in the drafts folder and send them the next morning. If it is a complicated issue or a vital one, sleep on it. Recognize that the pause is your partner.
4. Do not dwell on the unpleasant aspect of your work or of your life.
5. Pray often. When on the go, read a line from Bible. Replace fear and anger with faith and empathy through mental discipline.
6. Take a walk, talk to your spouse, nap, meditate, exercise, and play. Beware of delicate situations that can exaggerate the irritability. Tactfully avoid them or live through them quietly.
Sleep Well, Live Well, Lead Well