I don’t know about everybody, but I love to sleep. I love sleeping, especially if I can get enough of it. Sleep to me is very important. To me, it’s my luxury, nutrient, medicine, wealth, etc. It saddens me that I don’t get enough of it sometimes. But whenever I do, I treasure it.
Nowadays, we live in a world where we don’t shut down. We have stores that are open 24/7. We have jobs that sometimes require us to stay awake more than 16 hours a day. Most people only sleeps about 4 to 6 hours, and still be able to function at work. I used to think that’s okay. I used to be that way. I used to be proud of myself for being able to function at work with only 4 hours of sleep. I felt invincible. And I did it almost everyday. I thought to myself, well that’s how life is here in the United States.
My sleeping habit even got worse especially when I started attending online health summits. There were times when I only get 3 hours of sleep. Everything that I was learning, I started practicing. I stressed about if I don’t practice what I learned. I won’t feel good. I was stressed all the time. Its true that my health did improve tremendously. But something was still missing. Even though I was eating healthy, taking vitamins and supplements, having positive thoughts, I still felt that something was off. Until it came up during the summit. It said that everything I do for health is useless if I don’t get enough sleep.
Hah! Who would have thunk it? That was it. It only made sense. When you sleep, that’s when your body turns into healing mode. When you sleep, that’s when your brain is detoxifying itself. When you get enough sleep, that’s when your skin starts clearing up. That’s when you get mental clarity and eliminate brain fog.
It was challenging for me to change my sleeping habits. First of all, I have all the excuses I could find. I work 12-hour shift. Work place is one-hour away from home. I have a little man that I need to take care of. I have a home that needs to be maintained. Where would I find 4 more extra hours of sleep to get a total of 8? It was very hard because I have a lot of healthy rituals that I do before I get to bed. There were so many things I want to do and I felt like if I sleep I would miss some things and I won’t be productive the next day.
There was one time that I came home from work and I was just exhausted. You know what? That was it for me. After taking care of my son, I just went straight to bed and sleep. I was out. I didn’t even brush my teeth or take a shower. And guess what? I woke up feeling so good I told myself I will do it again and again. Of course, I didn’t get to sleep for 8 hours that night, but 7 hours is way better than 4.
I was actually more productive after that. I was able to think clearly at work. My mood was even better than it was. Surprisingly, I was able to do more things around the house because my mind was so clear that I didn’t go back and forth because I have forgotten something.
My skin cleared up. My mouth sores are less frequent. I used to have canker sores all the time. Literally all the time. But after I incorporated a better sleeping habit and stress free life, I don’t have them anymore. I even forgot about it. My migraine also disappeared. Thank God!
So now, I am a strong believer of sleep. I think we should strive to get enough of it every night. If you can’t get enough sleep at night, then take a power nap on your break. Twenty minutes is very powerful. That’s another thing I do. Sometimes when life does not allow me to get my 8 hours, instead of eating on my lunch break, I would just take a nap. And if it’s sunny, I would take a nap under the sun. Sounds crazy? Well, that’s me. I’m the Health Nut Diva. I do crazy healthy things. I would get a power nap while taking advantage of free vitamin D.
I’m sure that people talk about me when they see me napping at the patio under the sun. I don’t care. They actually see me as someone very healthy and admire me for it. Strangely though, they find it too difficult to do what I do.
Another advantage of taking a power nap while I’m on my break is that I get away even for a few minutes from all the dramas at work. Work drama is everywhere, and there’s lots and lots of it. People love drama. They create it, hate it, but enjoy it. I chose to take a nap instead of participating in it.
It is also important to take note that it’s not just the amount of sleep that you need to get. What counts the most is the quality. Do you wake up fully rested? Or do you wake up sluggish and with an accompanying headache? If you don’t feel rested, then you need to check and see what’s causing it. Do you sleep with some lights on? If you do, turn it off. Silent your phone. PUT IT AWAY. That’s right, put it away. At least 3 feet from your body. Do some research about the dangers of EMF.
Are you worried about something? If you are, do some meditation. Or listen to music. But most of all, PRAY. Praying works. It just does. And just do it.