Can't Sleep Again

It's half past one in the morning, and I just can't sleep. Laying awake, thinking how much I need to do tomorrow, getting anxious by the minute about having to go to sleep, and being unable to. And the more I try to will myself to sleep, the more nervous I become, which makes falling asleep next to impossible. "Oh my God, I only have five hours left before I have to get up, and I haven't slept a wink! What a waste of time! So, I get up and get to my computer. What shall we write about today? How about the importance of sleep and stress control in out LVN students.

I am sure, I am not the only one having hard time sleeping tonight. Knowing how hard it is to juggle school, work, family, and sometimes stealing a minute for self, no wander, we can't sleep. Laying in bed, tossing and turning, thinking about handling all the stresses of tomorrow: the exam to be studies for, the homework that is due, and was not finished, the lunch to be packed for kids to take to school, and on, and on. Very often, we create this anxiety artificially, without realizing it. Yes, attending an LVN program in modern days is not easy, but most of our stresses stealing away our precious hours of sleep come only from our thoughts.

It has been shown that it is not the stress of imminent danger or life-threatening situations that triggers our stress responses and the release of ever-so-damaging stress hormones and neurotransmitters, but it is the thoughts we produce. The feelings and emotions we experience, mostly come from our own thought process. Interestingly, it take quite a few days, up to a couple of weeks, to change the overall atmosphere of the brain from happy to sad or vice versa. For example, someone who is currently depressed may laugh at a joke or smile for a minute, but then shortly after will return to their overall sad state. Or someone who is an overall happy, easy-going person, may get sad and even cry while watching a sad movie or reading a depressing book, but soon after that will go back to being happy.

The overall emotional state will influence the overall ability to function in the society, achieve academically and in career, and have fulfilling life experiences. Students attending an LVN school are often affected by their life happenings, influencing their emotional and mental state, ability to focus and succeed. It is important to take into consideration all the aspects in the LVN student's life in order to help him or her achieve academic success and enter the professional nursing career.

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