I Forgot About Sleep

The other day I wrote a post called the 3 Things That Nourish Me. This morning I woke up and realized I had forgotten THE most important nourisher of all, that thing without which I don’t even have a mouth to eat with, a tongue to swallow or teeth to chew.  No nourishment of any kind can pass my lips unless I get SLEEP.

And lots of it.  With 9 hours under my belt, I’m a world beater.  With 8, I can manage.  7 or less? I am like a chihuahua with a toothache.  Don’t so much as look at me the wrong way or I’ll bite your head off with my little pin teeth.

I thought of sleep this morning because when I woke up at 7:30 AM after 9 hours I felt  incredible.  I had been scraping along with 6 and a half hours for the previous 10 days and I was fried.  It was just sheer luck that everything and everyone had behaved this week. (thank you).

My usual wake-up time is 4:30 AM, and no matter what time I go to bed, I always wake up at that time.  On days when I don’t have to get up at 4:30 (like this morning) I indulge  in some serious dozing.

I allow my mind to float and drift directionless and free. This is prime time for rumination and fantasy, for thought experiments and impractical solutions.  This is a highly creative time for me and it nourishes me deeply. And when I am deprived of it for too many days in a row?  I suffer.

This morning I caught up on some much needed sleeping and dozing and it made all the difference in the world.

One response

  1. Wow! That is so “me” to a T too! I thought 9 hours was too much/odd. But, if YOU prefer 9 hours too, then I am just going to embrace it!!! Thanks for giving me “permission” to be “OK” with my 9-hours-of-slumber! ALSO, I LOVE that early-morning-creative-time too … I call it “between ‘scape and wake” … as in, the time between dreamscape & waking … it’s so so lusciously creative! However, I don’t fully embrace it every morn as I should. Thanks for this little post of yours, I am going to rethink/re-ponder/re-dream/renew my slumbering/creating time … Thanks Kath!


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