Mary I. O'Sullivan, M.S.
heavy work demands versus our personal-time can cause conflicts
for many of us and negatively affect our professional and
personal relationships. We are often overworked and overtired and are being asked to
work extended hours with unlimited commitment if we want to get
ahead. There no
longer seems to be a work schedule, but rather an unwritten
understanding, we will do what it takes to get the job done.
our current business conditions we have more responsibilities
and work to do with less help and fewer resources.
We feel pressure to perform our jobs well, and we work
long days, often on weekends, and many of us travel as well.
Heavy workloads are making our lives more stressful,
which in turn can produce conflicts at the office, creating
resentment towards our employer, and difficulties with coworkers
we have to juggle work-time and personal-time, it takes a toll
on us and can strain our relationships with loved ones.
When we feel we must work constantly, there never seems
to be enough time to get every thing done.
Work commitments take us away from personal and family
activities, leaving little time for family, friends and
result is we become overburdened from carrying too many
responsibilities often making us irritable and short-tempered.
The increased stress frequently causes sleep problems. The most prevalent complaints are we either have trouble
going to sleep, or we awaken in the night and can’t go back to
is Joyce B’s story, a young attorney from Chicago, who is also
a wife and mother. She
felt overwhelmed and overburdened due to the heavy pressure of
her schedule. Her
story illustrates how carrying so many responsibilities impacted
her ability to sleep. Stress
and lack of sleep in turn affected her family and work
always liked being involved in lots of activities.
Even as a teenager and during college, she joined clubs
and participated in extra curricular activities in addition to
working to earn money to pay college expenses.
She told me she felt good about herself and important
when she was constantly busy.
Keeping busy meant she was successful.
a 38-year-old attorney, wife and mother of a young baby, she
found herself going day and night.
She began having difficulty sleeping after the baby was
born, but even after he began sleeping through the night, she
still tossed and turned in bed.
It took her a long time to go to sleep--frequently it was
two or three o’clock in the morning before she finally gave
into much needed sleep. If
the baby should awaken her, she always had trouble going back to
Joyce became tense and anxious much of the time.
She would lay awake in bed
thinking about her plans and busy schedule for the days
ahead-the calls she would have to make for the case she was
currently working on, the plans she would have to arrange so she
could make sure the baby was well cared for, her worries about
paying the mounting bills that she and her husband were getting
each month, and the strategies she needed to complete all of her
household tasks. The constant
pressure of her many responsibilities weighed heavily on
to lack of sleep, she became irritable and short-tempered. She didn’t enjoy her life much anymore. She and her husband began fighting about their relationship.
She told him she didn’t feel he was helping enough
around the house. He
responded that she was moody and difficult to be around.
was having problems at the office too.
She noticed the legal assistant wasn’t as available to
help her with casework as before, and the other attorneys seemed
to avoid her. Some days she felt terribly overwhelmed; she knew she had too
much to do. She
also knew she was driving herself to keep going, but just
couldn’t seem to stop. She
felt she was on a merry-go-round that required all her energy
just to drag herself out of bed and make it through another day.
Joyce’s story is typical of
millions of women today who are experiencing sheer exhaustion,
because we have too much going on in our lives.
We drive ourselves and feel we should be able to do
everything well-engage in a full time career and also be a good
wife, mother and homemaker.
We begin to feel anxious when we’re not able to meet
the expectations of others and ourselves.
As our stress levels build up our ability to get the
quality sleep we need suffers, ultimately leading to strained
more sleep-deprived we are, the more tense we become, the more
conflicts we seem to have with others, and the less we are able
tried Quanta Dynamics’ Gift of Sleep™
and found it to be very helpful.
It calmed the worries and anxieties she felt at bedtime.
Within a short time her sleep had improved and she was
feeling much better. As
she reduced her fatigue levels, her spirits lifted and she began
feeling much more in control of her life.
quality sleep a part of your life.
You’ll be glad you did!