Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself becoming increasingly more negative. I would complain about everything, completely dismissing anything positive in my life. I lost all motivation to do anything and was extremely tired. After some research, I came to the conclusion that I most likely have shift work sleep disorder (SWSD).
What is Shift Work Sleep Disorder?
- Excessive sleepiness when you need to be awake, alert, and productive.
- Insomnia, or the inability to sleep when you need to. This can mean trouble falling asleep, or waking up before you’ve slept sufficiently.
- Sleep that feels unrefreshing or insufficient
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of energy
- Irritability or depression
(National Sleep Foundation)
SWSD is basically when a person is not getting enough sleep, or low quality sleep, due to the hours of the shift they work. It is most common in night shift workers, which is the shift that I work.
After noticing that I have literally every symptom of SWSD I realized that I need to make some changes. I can’t simply “change my sleep schedule” because that would mean I’d either have to quit my job, or change what shift I work and that is a very time consuming process where I work for a multitude of reasons. So, I decided to focus on an attitude change.
Attitude Change: Complain Less
I’ve noticed as my energy and happiness decreased, my complaining increased. I’d complain all the time! In order to make this change, I had to be very self aware and catch myself every time I wanted to complain. As soon as I had a negative thought, I immediately replaced it with something positive. And after only doing this for one day, I already noticed a huge difference in my mood! I am so much more thankful, noticing all of the good things in my life. I am genuinely a happier person and my sleeping has improved as well!
I highly recommend complaining less if you are feeling depressed. This has changed my mood drastically! I think it’s OK to vent every now and then. To let go of those negative emotions you’re holding on to. But if you’re excessively complaining, that can feed into your negativity. And, honestly, complaining a lot is not an attractive trait for anyone.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of thankfulness and no complaints!