“What time do you get up?” and “How much sleep do you get?” are the two questions I have answered a million times over the 25 years that I have worked in breakfast radio.
And the answers I usually give to these questions are simple: ‘Too bloody early’ and, ‘Not enough’.
But the real answers are: 2.45am and about four or five hours.
Yes, I am so sleep deprived that I feel like a car running out of petrol… living my life hoping like I’ll make it through but knowing full well I am probably damaging myself in the process.
My friend and co-host of The Well, Rebecca Sparrow is so worried about my lack of sleep that she staged an intervention on the latest episode of the show. You can hear that, here:
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But even before Bec stepped in, I knew it’s not nearly enough.
Sadly, despite knowing that some pretty impressive people get less than that (hello, Richard Branson and Winston Churchill), I know my life choices are badly impacting me, with the very real consequence of long-term damage, something Bec takes great pleasure in informing me.
So why don’t I just sleep more? It’s pretty simple. I am a breakfast radio announcer but I’m also a single mum who is trying to run a household of three teenage boys and give my all to both my job and my kids. But despite that being a great excuse in my world, it just doesn’t cut it with Bec. And she’s right.
Let’s be honest, how many of us are also making a choice to do other things rather than sleep?