Day 14: Sleep

Today’s Yoga Challenge topic is: Sleep.

Here’s the scenario: You can only come to 6 AM yoga due to your schedule, but when the alarm goes off you’re exhausted because you only got 4 or 5 hours sleep.

What do you do?

Some scenarios:

You don’t even hear the alarm, so you never make it to class.

Or,

You do drag your sorry ass out of bed and get to class, but then walk around like a zombie the rest of the day.

So what’s the answer?

You want to know what I think?

Your discipline is not getting up, it’s getting down.  Into the covers.  At a reasonable hour.  It’s all about what you do the night before.  The discipline does not involve getting up.  The discipline involves going  to bed.  Early.

So if your alarm rings and you’ve only gotten 5 or fewer hours sleep, admit defeat and don’t get up.  Sleep in.

Because sleep is the key to happiness, equanimity, beauty, and compassion.

Sleep deprivation, on the other hand, is a one-way ticket to hell.  When you are sleep deprived the world is an ugly place filled with monsters and gargoyles and wicked witches and flying monkeys. Everyone has it in for you. You get a flat tire, spill your coffee on your best pants, trip on the steps and sprain your ankle, and bounce a check.

Because when you are sleep deprived the world is just a gauntlet of pain. When you’ve only had 4 hours sleep, there are jagged edges around the perimeters of the day ready to slash you to ribbons if you so much as look at them.

Am I right about this?? Am I right??

So if you want to come to early class, resolve go to bed in time to allow for no less than 7 hours sleep, (hopefully more.)

The discipline is the going to bed early,  not the waking up early.

And on that note,

Good night.