Sleep from A-Z

Sleep rejuvenates our bodies. Sleep restores our minds. And without sleep, we would never experience the wonder of re-awakening each day to a new day and new possibilities.

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Here’s a look at 26 ways (from A-Z) that sleep affects our wellbeing of mind, body and spirit:

A: Awakening
“When one realizes one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.” (P.D. Ouspensky)

B: Bedtimes
Going to bed at the same time each night allows you to get your best rest!

C: Caffeine
Leave the coffee for the morning – late night caffeine disrupts your body’s natural rest cycles.

D: Dreams
“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” (Carl Sandburg)

E: Exercise
We sleep best when our bodies are naturally tired. Get plenty of exercise during the day – just not right before bedtime.

F: Forty Winks
Short naps (less than one hour) are great ways to help with midday tiredness.

G: Good Moods
Sleeping well for multiple, consecutive nights will noticeably enhance your mood and optimize your daily energy.

H: Health
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.” (Irish  Proverb)

I: Insomnia
“A little insomnia is not without its value in making us appreciate sleep, in throwing a ray of light upon that darkness.”  (Marcel Proust)

J: Joy
Sleep, and be happy. If you get enough rest at night, it will be obvious the next day.

K: Keep Cool
Sleeping in cool temperatures generally leaves you feeling more rested than sleeping in hot conditions.

L: Lights
A nightlight can help you sleep peacefully, but too many distracting lights (think phones and tablets) can make falling asleep difficult.

M: Meditation
“Sleep is the best meditation.” (Dalai Lama)

N: Nutrition
Late night snacking will keep you awake – go for a cool glass of water or decaffeinated teas instead if you’re trying to fall asleep.

O: One, Two, Three…
Tossing and turning? You might try closing your eyes and counting sheep!

P: Pillows
“Fatigue is the best pillow.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Q: Quiet
Make your bedroom a personal place of peace and serenity.

R: Renewal
During sleep our bodies regenerate and restore torn muscles and tissues.

S: Silence
“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” (Francis Bacon)

T: Time and Tomorrows
“Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.” (Khalil Gibran)

U: Understanding Sleep
Take time to analyze your sleep habits ­– most adults need at least 7 hours per night to operate at full potential.

V: Valuable Rest
In the average lifetime, a human spends nearly 100,000 hours in sleep.

W: Wellness
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”  (Thomas Dekker)

X: EX-istence
The nightly rhythms of sleep reflect the greater rhythms that exist in nature, reminding us of the cycle of the seasons, the planets and so on.

Y: Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra or "yogi sleep" is a sleep-like state of deep relaxation, while still maintaining consciousness.

Z: Zzzz…
You knew this one was coming!

Sleep well, and live better. Every day we wake up in this world is a gift – so use your daytime hours to pursue what you viewed as possible in your dreams.