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.
Here’s a look at 26 ways (from A-Z) that sleep affects our wellbeing of mind, body and spirit:
“When one realizes one is asleep, at that moment one is already half-awake.” (P.D. Ouspensky)
Going to bed at the same time each night allows you to get your best rest!
Leave the coffee for the morning – late night caffeine disrupts your body’s natural rest cycles.
“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” (Carl Sandburg)
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.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.” (Irish Proverb)
“A little insomnia is not without its value in making us appreciate sleep, in throwing a ray of light upon that darkness.” (Marcel Proust)
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.
A nightlight can help you sleep peacefully, but too many distracting lights (think phones and tablets) can make falling asleep difficult.
“Sleep is the best meditation.” (Dalai Lama)
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!
“Fatigue is the best pillow.” (Benjamin Franklin)
Make your bedroom a personal place of peace and serenity.
During sleep our bodies regenerate and restore torn muscles and tissues.
“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.
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” (Thomas Dekker)
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.
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.