“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”
—Thomas Edison, 19th Century American inventor and businessman
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For some of us a new definition of happy hour as we get older is a good nap.
In my most active working years, I always admired the hard driving folks who often boasted about how little sleep they needed.
While coaching top performing professionals over the years, I, however, came to notice that these individuals often suffered in other areas of life without the wondrous restorative effects of adequate sleep.
Without going into all the science, we can rest confidently in the fact that sleep clears out the clutter in both our bodies and minds.
We need and deserve it to step into each new day to realize our full potential.
What requests will you invite into your subconscious as you turn in for the night?
What might you invent with a refreshed and renewed mind and body once you awaken?
“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.”
—Robert Glazer, Founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners
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A few weeks ago, we pushed our clocks ahead an hour to begin daylight savings time here in the U.S.
For a couple of days, my wife and I experienced disruptions in our sleep where our effectiveness and focus the next day was noticeably off.
How do you feel when your sleep is disrupted by such things as jet lag or insomnia?
In what ways do you prioritize a good night’s sleep so that you can be your best the following day?
Consider checking out Matthew Walker’s book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams so you can be your best in all your tomorrows to come.
Tap into a sense of pure possibility. What are your hopes and dreams?
—Calm App Reflection
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Over the past several months, I’ve been finding it more difficult sleeping through the night. I usually wake between 4 and 5 a.m., still tired but with an active mind that makes falling back to sleep difficult.
After about 20 minutes of tossing and turning, a visit to the facilities, a drink of water, and maybe a visit to the kitchen for a nibble to calm my growling stomach, I try again.
One sleep strategy that often works is listening to the sleep stories on my Calm app. These guided journeys take me on a variety of adventures and back to dreamland, well before the stories are ended. Upon rising refreshed, I do my best to keep this hopeful state of possibilities throughout my day.
What hopes and dreams do you want to realize today?
What possibilities can and will you turn into reality with your imagination and creative intentions?
“When you get tired learn to rest, not quit.”
—Banksy, an anonymous England-based street artist & political activist
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How tired are you at this very moment? How tired have you felt physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this past year? Besides your overall levels of energy, how would you rate your health, mood, ambition, motivation, and productivity?
These days, few of us are at our best. Some of us may be at one of our lowest points ever, with many having quit due to exhaustion and burnout.
Banksy’s coaching at such times is to rest, to take better care of ourselves, and to help others do the same.
We all may also wish to lower our expectations of ourselves and others, embrace our humanity, and know that our best can differ from time to time.
Where would more sleep, a few more naps, and more “you time” for rest and recharge keep you moving forward even if it is at a more moderate pace?
“Laugh and world laughs with you. Snore and you sleep alone.”
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Do you or your life partner snore? How often do you give or receive a nudge or a comment to shift your position and silence the racket emanating from your nose or mouth?
Today’s technology has come to the rescue with all sorts of gadgets, including noise-cancelling ear plugs, mouth guards, and of course, the ever popular c-pap machine.
It turns out snoring is often a symptom of a partially or completely closed airway during sleep, which can potentially create serious health consequences, including pulmonary hypertension.
If you or others in your life shake the airwaves and wake those around you, please consider discussing it with your physician. A more peaceful and potentially healthier night’s sleep awaits you!
“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.”
—Charlotte Bronte, 19th Century English novelist
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Perhaps no single part of our sleeping ritual is more important to a good night’s sleep than a comfortable pillow.
There is actually a pillow market 2019 Global Industry Report that covers the latest statistics and trends in this very competitive marketplace, with far too many details to even scratch the ten-billion dollar surface in this post.
A company called Scandia Home manufactures the St. Petersburg Pillow, with a cost ranging between $900 and $1,500. This unique piece of heaven can be customized for your yacht or private plane, with only the finest imported materials, including Siberian Down, and 439-thread-count silk!
Beyond memory foam, thread count, and perhaps pharmaceutical intervention, what strategies can and will you utilize to unruffle your mind, and sleep more peacefully in the future?
Feel free to reply to this post with the strategies and techniques you choose.