Sleeping In

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Sleep. Its one thing we want more of as but can’t seem to find time. Maturity makes us realize how valuable sleep is but this wasn’t always the case.

As teens we slept endless hours at a time and in our 20’s, we spent Saturday’s (and a few Tuesdays) in bed recovering from late nights. Then sometime after college, sleep quit being cool. Our A-list coworkers could fit in fitness before work and still show up with a pre-packed lunch.

Sometime around age 24, I realized that spending my Saturday’s horizontal was no longer attractive. It was much more commendable to do one of two things:

It didn’t matter which angle you took; productive or promiscuous. As long as you were busy, your weekends were considered a successes. I maintained this mindset for another decade.

Insomnia

Then in my mid 30’s, insomnia struck. After spending one decade sleeping too much and another sleeping too little, I finally wanted what I could not have. It was awful. Truly awful.

If you have real insomnia, you know the fear and helplessness it presents. Once I had experienced this- the occasion of WANTING to sleep…being desperate to sleep, but being unable to do so, I quit feeling bad about getting good sleep when it came.

Unless I have an appointment or planned meeting, if I am super tired, I sleet. If I want to take a nap and can afford to take a nap, I sleep. If it is Friday night in Miami and I am tired, I sleep.

Sleep is truly precious. The health benefits associated with sleep are crucial. Our bodies repair themselves when we sleep so if we don’t get deep sleep, we do not repair damage caused by the things in the air, the toxins we eat, the stressors we face, etc.


Whether its environmental or emotional, life produces stress. To process life, we have to sleep, and its time to stop focusing on productivity and start making sleep a priority.