Daring Experiments with Sleep

Finding a new compassion for my body

Dr. Caitlin Blau
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readDec 8, 2023

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Photo by Abhishek Koli on Unsplash

I used to think sleep was a weakness. My inner guilt and perfectionism, combined with the way I was always pushed for more and better as a gifted student, dovetailed with the toxicity of our capitalist culture to ensure that I never felt like I deserved to rest. I would push through fatigue, emotions, pain, and anxieties toward what I believed I…

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Dr. Caitlin Blau
Human Parts

Budding writer, voracious reader, opinionated doctor.