To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep. ~Joan Klempner
Oh well, after reading the quote you must have guessed already what I will be writing about today. It will be sleep, good and bad. What has it got to do with language learning, you ask? You will see. Soon, I promise! Keep reading.
There are lots of sayings and quotations about sleep, like the one up there under the post title. Many of them are about insomnia, or lack of sleep.
I bet that at least once you have looked at your worn out self in the mirror after a sleepless night, and maybe a day after it, and maybe yet another night, and hoped it was not you. You aren’t five years older and don’t have those blood-shot eyes! What you may have seen is a result of severe sleep deprivation: your body craves sleep but doesn’t get it. You feel bad, your head hurts, thoughts fall down on themselves and you wake up in strange places, not knowing how you got there. This is a rare condition and doesn’t happen too often. You can just sleep a lot afterwards and be as good as new.
But there is another case of sleep deprivation which you may not be totally aware of, because you live with it every day. It is chronic sleep deprivation, and it’s much worse than the previous one, because you stop noticing it after a while and think that things are the way they should be, which, of course, is not the case.
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