How many of us become worn out as the day goes on? Or, worse yet, are already worn out even before the day has begun?


The term “durable” can be defined as capable of withstanding wear and tear. When we apply this term to our mental fortitude, we can define “mental durability” as the ability to withstand the wear and tear of the day or life itself.


The one key to achieving mental durability is sleep. It is vitally crucial for our ability to withstand the wear and tear of the day that we get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. However, that number may vary depending on the individual. What you are after is being able to wake up, feel refreshed, and alert for the day.


Many of us adults understand the effects upon a young child or baby that is quite irritable due to feeling tired. However, we seem to ignore that same principle when applied to ourselves.


When facing even a small amount of sleep deprivation our mental performance is impacted. We tend to have difficulty sustaining attention, loss of focus, slowed response, difficulty with all facets of memory and recall, and our ability to cope with the day is greatly diminished. Even the slightest of difficulties can become like a mountain for us to overcome.


There are four things we can do to improve the quality and quantity of our sleep:


  1. Stick to a sleep schedule
  2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink
  3. Regular exercise
  4. Manage stress


There are many other things you can do to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. If you are interested, engage in a search on the internet and become educated about sleep.



Chris Swenson is a licensed therapist who helps people overcome and face life’s most treacherous challenges. His office is located in Sterling, CO. For an appointment please call Chris at (970) 522-0796.

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