Sleep rejuvenates our bodies. Sleep restores our minds. Andwithout sleep, we would never experience the wonder of re-awakening each day toa new day and new possibilities.
Here’s a look at 26 ways (from A-Z) that sleep affects ourwellbeing of mind, body and spirit:
“When one realizes one is asleep, at that moment one isalready half-awake.” (P.D. Ouspensky)
Going to bed at the same time each night allows you to getyour best rest!
Leave the coffee for the morning – late night caffeinedisrupts your body’s natural rest cycles.
“Nothing happens unless first a dream.” (Carl Sandburg)
We sleep best when our bodies are naturally tired. Get plentyof exercise during the day – just not right before bedtime.
F: Forty Winks
Short naps (less than one hour) are great ways to help withmidday tiredness.
G: Good Moods
Sleeping well for multiple, consecutive nights willnoticeably enhance your mood and optimize your daily energy.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in thedoctor’s book.” (Irish Proverb)
“A little insomnia is not without its value in making usappreciate sleep, in throwing a ray of light upon that darkness.” (Marcel Proust)
Sleep, and be happy. If you get enough rest at night, itwill be obvious the next day.
K: Keep Cool
Sleeping in cool temperatures generally leaves you feeling morerested than sleeping in hot conditions.
A nightlight can help you sleep peacefully, but too manydistracting lights (think phones and tablets) can make falling asleepdifficult.
“Sleep is the best meditation.” (Dalai Lama)
Late night snacking will keep you awake – go for a cool glassof 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 andcounting 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 musclesand tissues.
“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” (FrancisBacon)
T: Time and Tomorrows
“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’sdream.” (Khalil Gibran)
U: Understanding Sleep
Take time to analyze your sleep habits – most adults needat least 7 hours per night to operate at full potential.
V: Valuable Rest
In the average lifetime, a human spends nearly 100,000 hoursin sleep.
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodiestogether.” (Thomas Dekker)
The nightly rhythms of sleep reflect the greater rhythmsthat exist in nature, reminding us of the cycle of the seasons, the planets andso on.
Y: Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra or “yogi sleep” is a sleep-like stateof deep relaxation, while still maintaining consciousness.
You knew this one was coming!
Sleep well, and live better. Every day we wake up in thisworld is a gift – so use your daytime hours to pursue what you viewed aspossible in your dreams.