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The Importance of Sleep

Once again, I write about sleep.  That’s because I don’t get enough,  so my whole day becomes an exercise in energy management.  It’s like when your gas tank is *this close* to empty and you are far from a gas station so you try to coast down hills, and drive waaaay under the speed limit to conserve.  Every mile you make it becomes a small victory.  Every mile is one you don’t have to walk carrying your gas can.

I have a lot of “required miles” in my day.  I have my personal “disciplines,” as well as commitments I have made to other people  to be certain places at certain times and have my “A” game on.

So when I am coasting, and driving waaay under the speed limit, I am not living the way I want to be living, or serving to my best ability.

This morning for example, I got up and taught the AM yoga class, came home drank my juice, did my meditation then sat down for my morning write and totally bonked.

I literally could not see: the fog in my brain was so dense, so thick, it took everything I had to just find my pen and uncap it.

It felt like a breakdown on the side of the road.  So I took my gas can and walked over to my bed, put on my Holosync headphones, and took a deep refreshing “holo-snooze for an hour.

Afterwards, I was back on the road again, tank full.  I picked up the pen and wrote like an Indy  racer for 2 hours.  Vrooommm!!  And it felt great.

Now I know that when my night sleep hours number less than 6, I need to build a nap into my day.

It’s dangerous to hitch on the side of the road these days.

Author:

I’m a small town yoga teacher who says motherfucker a lot. I hate anything woo. I’m into neuroscience. And facts. I’ll lead the chanting of “om” sometimes, but it makes me feel awkward. I want to access flow states. As far as yoga helps me do that, I’m into it. Dopamine is my fave neurotransmitter. Don’t tell anyone I told you this.

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Sleep

  1. Hey Kathleen,

    Well, I am concerned about your lack of sleep.

    This just won’t do, especially not for you. (Sorry if I sound like your grandparents, but…)

    You have a full schedule and really can’t afford it.
    Running on empty is not good: I know how that goes, believe me, and it is not a pleasant feeling.

    If memory serves, Dr.Deepak Chopra wrote a nice book about sleep. Kindly check it out. The title?

    “Restful Sleep” or “Perfect Sleep”–one of the two.

    I read it a while ago, and it helped me to sleep better.

    I also feel like I am running on empty and my mind goes foggy if I don’t get enough sleep.

    You are in good company, so don’t beat yourself up over it, but also take action. You don’t want to repeat mistakes. I sincerely hope this helps you.

    As for napping, I think that is a great idea. I have to take a nap every day. Keep it short: ten minutes, but not more than an hour, definitely.
    Average would be 30 minutes. It will perk you up.

    After a nap, I take a shower, slip into fresh clothes, drink a cup of tea/coffee (piping hot, steaming) and I am good to go.

    And then I go outside for exercise. Exercise helps me to sleep better during the night. I will pray for you, so that you will get a good night’s sleep.

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  2. Research shows that 45 minutes is the ideal length for a nap……perfecdt in regards to the REM cycle.

    And not sleeping? HA. Welcome to my life. Very frustrating.

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