It’s called SLEEP
Let’s be honest, we all know when we are tired - physically, mentally, emotionally.
But how often do we actually let ourselves go to bed at seven o’clock, take a nap or just get some shut eye. Recovery time.
It’s the dream of most people to just get a decent night’s sleep. Uninterrupted slumber, with a vision of waking up refreshed, lucid and functioning. Oh how the other half live, the ones that actually sleep...?!
A few years ago I taught myself to listen to my body and just surrender to going to sleep when I needed to.
It’s life changing. Mostly because the biggest emotional block to sleeping is the guilt around the belief that sleeping is a sign of laziness and it’s something you can overcome in the art of getting that much needed shut-eye.
I’m one of those people that is all in with everything I do, sleep included.
I have always required 8 hours of sleep a night and I realise that I am fortunate to put my head on a pillow and drift off into the depth of my rest. Suffering an auto-immune disease however, means sometimes I experience chronic fatigue and instead of fighting it, it has taught me to embrace taking a nap. Physically disconnecting and allowing myself to recuperate in order to better operate.
On the rare occasion I fail to sleep I know all about it and my heart goes out to anyone who has irregular sleep. It is debilitating. We have more of an exhaustion epidemic and it is likely to increase even more so after the stress of isolating, WFH burn out or suffering the long term effects of fatigue after having Covid.
The benefits of sleep are extraordinary and essential to being, living and working well. According to sleep expert Sara Mednick it “increases alertness, boosts creativity, reduces stress, improves perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy.”
Sleep also enhances your sex life, helps you make better decisions, keeps you looking younger (yes, believe it, it’s anti-aging too), aids in weight loss, reduces the risk of heart attack, elevates your mood and strengthens memory.
Assessing your tiredness and organising a personal sleep profile is a real thing and essential to your well-being, now more than ever, with the time we spend on-line, consuming media and information. Our brains need to rest.
There are many ways to do it and there are tools to work out optimum napping time and exactly how long we should try to sleep.
It is even possible to design a nap to inspire creativity one day, and the next day design one to help with your memory.
Personally - just finding a comfortable place I feel safe, closing the curtains and letting myself drift off helps tremendously in taking that desirable nap. Who knew scheduling a ‘dos’ would solve our problems.
This is the dream for most and if you struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep or get back to sleep if interrupted you may want to consider tried and tested techniques and tips for what can change your life if your pillow shape can’t.
So before your next melt down consider taking a guilt-free sleep and see if you feel better…
Sleep tight and sweet dreams.
And roll over.