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Why humans need sleep.

Humans need sleep. Well. Adult humans anyway. Young humans will believe they are immune to tiredness and so will fight sleep with a passion. Young humans are often the reason that older humans struggle to get through their days.

Picture of a tiny newborn baby yawning. Humans need sleep!

This is the main reason many humans don’t get enough sleep to function correctly!

It’s a fact that adult humans need enough sleep to get through a day successfully.

Here are a few reasons why.


They are not grumpy if they have slept enough. A well rested human wakes up cheerful and full of energy, ready to face the day. They hop out of bed and get ready, putting together an outfit with ease and skipping down the stairs to make a healthy and nutritious breakfast to enjoy with a glass of water.

A tired human will peel themselves from the mattress after forcing open their sore eyes, scrabbling around for an outfit of some sort, (they may possibly forget something vital like trousers). Then the tired human will stumble downstairs, eyes blearily focussing on the kettle. They will rummage in the cupboard for something with lots of sugar and eat it leaning against the counter as they wait for their next caffeine hit to brew.

Organisational Skills.

The well rested human will go about their day with ease. Collecting everything they need and neatly arranging it in a bag or briefcase for the day.

The tired human will struggle to remember what they are doing that day. They will gather together a variety of items from around the house that make no sense and have probably never been useful before. They will forget many vital things, like their purse, but will have an abundance of packs of tissues and sugar based snacks.


When communicating with other humans, the well rested human will make lots of eye contact and even more sense, easily conveying what they want to say across to the other human, throwing in some witty repertoire and remembering the other person’s name.

The tired human by a stark contrast will have difficulty with looking a fellow human in the eye, instead going into a vacant stare at the region of their ear. They will find appropriate responses to basic questions like, ‘how are you?’ tricky if not impossible, falling back on their caveman ancestry language of grunts. Functional speech can be temporarily restored with caffeine intake but like a walkman with the batteries going, the tired human’s vocals will soon revert to grunts again.

A woman fast asleep on the sofa.

An accurate representation of how I wish I’d spent my day!


Rested humans make lists, and work through them. They tick things off and move forward. Completing jobs as they go and even managing conversation in between task.

Tired humans find simple tasks difficult. They will often go into a room to get something and come out of their reverie suddenly with no clue why they are there. They will leave the room and return to the room they came from. Once there they will remember what they went onto the other room for in the first place.

This cycle can repeat itself indefinitely.


Meal choices for well rested human are easy. They will often make their meals from scratch, remembering all steps and the food will be eaten whilst sitting down and conversing with other well rested humans.

Tired humans will choose sugar based food groups which will be eaten leaning against cupboards or horizontal on the sofa and effort based meals will be avoided at all costs. If cooking is attempted, pans will likely boil over, recipe items will be left out or full meals will be discovered abandoned the following day.


Bedtime for well rested humans will involve taking clothes off and folding, getting ready in pjs, teeth cleaning, flossing and mouthwash followed by a skin care routine and a leisurely read of a few chapters of a highbrow novel which will be understood and possibly discussed in a knowledgable way before slumber is achieved.

The tired human will crawl upstairs, no pyjama change needed as the tired human has been wearing them in hope since they got home. Teeth cleaning will be a hurried affair and then the tired human will fall into bed face first, leaving smears of mascara on the pillow case.

**This post has been written by a sleep deprived human who takes no responsibility for an errors in the text!**




  1. January 22, 2018 / 10:10 am

    I lost it completely at caveman ancestry language! I’m wiping tears off my face from laughing so hard! #bigpinklink

  2. January 22, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    Ah. This explains everything. And considering I’ve just reached for chocolate spread on toast while Baby Lighty naps, what does that tell you?! I should probably nap myself…! #BigPinkLink

  3. January 22, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Really love what you’ve done here. My favourites are Nourishement and Bedtime. Totally relate to that. I start to feel tired in advance of the next day if I waste time taking my make up off… #bigpinklink

  4. January 22, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Haha brilliant. Couldn’t stop laughing at the “makes eye contact” section. #bigpinklink

  5. January 22, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    So true – that going in to the room thing and forgetting why I’m there is a big problem I find, and I have been known to face plant my pillow too. One time I dropped the kids at school and got out of the car to speak to another mum, forgetting I was wearing my pajamas. Well at least I had pajamas on I suppose. #bigpinklink

  6. January 22, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Sleep become currency in parenting ☺ #bigpinklink

  7. January 23, 2018 / 12:04 am

    Some very good tips in here and love the humour too. And now to bed! #BigPinkLink

  8. Sarah - Mud, Cakes and wine
    January 23, 2018 / 3:09 pm

    Hahaha so true though. When our third was a newborn I was a mess from the lack of sleep. So much better when we get sleep #bigpinklink

  9. January 23, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Hell yes to all of this! We just started getting some half decent sleep in this house and the difference it has made is unbelievable! #bigpinklink

  10. January 23, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    This is brilliant! I feel like I haven’t had a full night’s sleep since my first son was born. He’s almost 9… #bigpinklink

  11. January 25, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    This is all so true and I definitely need my sleep. I’m not looking forward to the lack of sleep I’ll be getting in a few months time when the new little one arrives. I always find that I’m so much more anxious and worry more if I haven’t had a good nights sleep too. Claire x #BigPinkLink

  12. January 26, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    Reading this had me wondering whether we all flit between one and the other. #bigpinklink

  13. January 28, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    YES!!! To all of this, but mostly because without sleep I go INSANE!! Im actually at that point, I already have insomnia but the last few days I’ve literally survived on zero! I just want one nights sleep….just one!! Thank you for being a fab partner this week at #bigpinklink xxx

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