There is a huge party going on outside. It’s actually not that close but I can still hear the music blasting. It’s the much anticipated concert for the new school year. The Israeli students start school in October because of all the Jewish holidays. This quite, dull and dusty city suddenly transforms itself with the wave of 20,000 students that arrive for the new school year. This city will be much more lively with the addition of new, bright young minds wandering in and around the campus. It is an exciting time of the year for everyone, those who are starting out their new school year and those who have been studying since August due to the American academic schedule.
I thought about going to the concert and enjoying the music with my friends, some who I hadn’t seen since the beginning of summer break. No doubt, it would have been a good time. But…I had only gotten 4 hours of sleep last night. I had stayed up preparing for a case presentation to the ward and our sister ward. Not only that, I have to write up my admission note for tomorrow that I had neglected to do all week. And the reason was because I had spent the night before in the surgical ER, shadowing a resident and learning how to tie surgical knots. The night before that, I was on call on my ward. And the night before that, I had gone out with a friend to a house party. It’s so easy to get caught up in life, especially when there are so many things going on. I wish I had a couple extra hours a day so that I could cross off everything on my “To Do” list for the day/week. And since I cannot add time to my day, I end up sacrificing my sleep.
We value hard work and efficiency, not sleeping and being lazy. And so we give up our “laziness” and funnel our energy into doing more things and keeping ourselves busy. Recently, we had a seminar on sleep and the important of sleep hygiene. Different people have different sleep requirements but it is important to give the body some rest. And not just naps on the couch while watching TV but proper sleep in bed without distractions.
At some point, I have to make a decision to give my body the rest it needs to be fully refreshed and ready for a new day. With all the admission notes, studying for the internal shelf, on calls, and social activities, I’m not sure if I will.