My goals list is likely way too long this year. If I do everything I want to do, I would not be getting near enough sleep. Not only do I like my sleep..a lot..but I learned this week about all the repair and recovery that happens while we sleep. Optimum sleep occurs between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 a.m., and contributes greatly to our wellness. It's been years since I could string together more than one late night to another. My body is very tuned to adequate sleep. As such, I get to rise early daily, almost totally restored. I am not willing to give up something that I can never get back, for so little reward. Would a caterpillar jeopardize the butterfly's transformation for frivolity?
In our home we are about to undergo the 'night-shift shuffle' again. My husband's schedule will change and we are preparing the 'cocoon' as he calls the bedroom. Blackout curtains, and deep, dark colored super soft sheets. New pillows and a fresh flip of the mattress. I'll tuck some lavender in his drawer and he'll never know it's there. His daily transformation will depend on how long he leaves the television on and what shows are playing. I am truly thankful that he adjusts very well to these changes. They are a yearly occurrence in his job and this time, it will last longer than before. Balance in all areas of our life are more important when we are disrupting our sleep patterns. Awareness of that balance is a big responsibility with great rewards when done well. Vitality is it's own best reward.
Click HERE for 10 benefits of a good night's sleep.
A new phrase I learned is 'functionally intoxicated' - I can relate to that feeling after a long day. As I work toward my goals, sleep deprivation can occur if I am not diligent in my sleep hygiene. Click Here to find out about preparing for sleep. Wellness is in the scope of our influence, and sleep contributes much to that end. For the smallest of issues to major health concerns, sleep can be transformation daily or nightly.
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