A few days into my Happiness Project, it was about 8:15 pm and I was dealing with a slightly annoying issue with this very site.
In the back of my mind, I was well aware of my fast approaching “be in bed by 9 pm” self-appointed bedtime. Nevertheless, I was quite confident. I could figure the in and outs of the silly WordPress plugin before me.
After all, I had already tried various—albeit unsuccessful—steps. I was now desperate enough to use Google in the hopes of finding a handful of suitable “how to” blog posts.
All to no avail.
The advice in the posts I ferret out sounded promising at first glance until I tried them on my page.
My post would still not display correctly.
In the midst of my trying “this and that,” I lost track of time and 8:15 turned into 10:30 pm.
Definitely, past my bedtime.
I had broken my own cardinal rule, AND I hadn’t fixed my problem.
“Sleep on it,” I told myself.
Another self-imposed suggestion, which—this time—I decided to heed. Off to bed, I went.
Wouldn’t you know it?
As I was slowly awakening from my slumber—a tad past dawn—the answer to my dilemma entered my still foggy brain.
I felt quite smug about the fact my “sleep on it” advice had worked so efficiently. A solution had presented itself. I was a genius! My enthusiasm cooled a bit when, on the first try, my idea didn’t work. However, in less than ten minutes, I had everything resolved.
Wow, my brain did function better when it was not sleep deprived! I was so pleased with myself I decided right then and there to write this blog post to freely share my new gained wisdom.
As I was pounding on my keyboard writing this piece, I wondered if there was any scientific data to validate my newfound advice. It turns out, there is!
My elation was slightly dampened upon finding out that—as with anything else—the data about my guidance is polarized.
Some professionals have indeed demonstrated that “sleeping on it” is sound advice. It also happens there is evidence to the contrary. I will list the information I have found for and against my admonition to “sleep on it” below.
My evidence—being personal—is therefore circumstantial. However, this is still advice I intend to observe. I believe—for me personally—that a good night sleep does more for my psyche (as well as the psyches of my family members) than staying up late trying to solve some silly WordPress plugin issue (or other equally ridiculous matter) which could be cleared up the next day.
Even if successful in my endeavors, I have rarely solved a problem which was worth the sleep I missed.
Yes! Sleep on it
No! Do not Sleep on it
Ultimately, you will have to make up your own mind—as I have. Have fun and many blessings.