I have found a new best friend. She was always trying to get me to pay attention to her and to encourage me to spend a good amount of quality time with her. But I neglected her for years, thinking I didn’t need her. feeling that she had the potential to stop me from doing the things I loved and in achieving my goals. She was always there for me when I could give her some of my limited time and she took what she could graciously. Some moments when we parted it was brutal and hard but I use to push through. I always thought she would be there. Until she wasn’t. Her name was Sleep.
O sleep, O gentle sleep,’ I thought gratefully, ‘Nature’s soft nurse!’ Elizabeth Kenny
I was always a great sleeper. I use to brag with pride that I could function on five hours, sometimes with less of sleep. My husband would be in awe. I was invincible. I could manage everything. I was an efficient multi-tasker juggling a number of projects at one time. I maintained this for a couple of decades. Until everything came crashing down.
The benefits of a great lie in are so great! For me lulling around in bed after waking up naturally is so deliciously blissful. In a world where our mornings are dictated by the alarm clock, being able to allow our natural circadian rhythms to wake us, is such a treat. For me this is the richness of life. To wake naturally to the morning sun that seeps quietly into my bedroom is serenity in abundance. I live in a converted Woolstore warehouse on the banks of the Brisbane River and we are on the top floor. We have these large windows set into the roof and the apartment is filled with natural light throughout the day. I love waking up to the early morning sun beams that spill quietly across my bedroom. In Summer this happens around 5am. It’s perfect! I get up naturally and at the right time so I get up and go running and, still be able to get ready for work in time! My husband hates it! There is tons of information that advises us on waking naturally and the benefits of going to bed at a reasonable hour to ensure we get the required hours of sleep. The standard is 7-9 hours and this is the amount of sleep we need for optimum health. For me 7 hours is enough. I know this because no matter what time I go to bed I wake naturally approximately 7 hours later. If I do this religiously I will not be tired. But enough about my sleeping habits! Getting enough sleep is about reducing stress and warding off, or improving on, depression and anxiety. It also prevents you from gaining weight. Getting enough sleep reduces the 3pm chocolate craving in the afternoon too!
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