Aaah, sleep. I have no words to describe what a good nights’ sleep feels like; but I can certainly describe how I feel during the day after a good sleep. I am more alert, I have more energy, I’m a nicer person, and I accomplish more tasks.
You might not associate sleep with mindfulness, but they do have an effect on each other. Without being well rested mindfulness becomes more of a challenge and negativity becomes easier. It’s not easy to see the world from a healthy perspective if you are sleep deprived. Sleep assists in having improved memory, clearer thinking, better mood control, reducing stress, reduces risk of injury, and helps to build your immune system.
Think about it, how many times have you said unkind thinks while you were tired and cranky? What is your sleep quality like when you are worried or anxious about something, probably not good.
Proverbs 3:24 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
For myself, I had to make sleep a priority. Years of sleep deprivation had taken its toll on my mind and body. If you already know that you are not getting enough sleep or you have poor quality sleep, take the time to address this important issue in your life. It might mean changing your schedule around, getting sleep aids, or addressing the emotional and medical reasons why you can’t sleep.
- Continue doing the daily Examen which we started on Day 4.
- Over the next several days, be attentive to how much sleep you are getting each night and the quality of sleep. Also notice how you feel as you head to bed and how you feel shortly after you wake up in the morning.
- After making note of your sleeping habits for several days decide if you need to make changes or seek help for any noted sleep issues.
Psalm 127: 2 “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.”