When life gets busy, sleep is often the first activity that we sacrifice. Considered a luxury by many busy people, sleep is actually as vital to sustaining a balanced life as are breathing, eating, and drinking. I had been struggling with getting restful sleep all year, then I re-balanced at my silent retreat, plus my husband and I got a new mattress and new sheets. I am sleeping like a kitten again!
Getting sufficient sleep can be a potent energizer, just as not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling drained and sluggish. While eight hours is the average amount of sleep most adults should generally aim for, how we sleep varies for each person, and your dosha has a lot to do with it. Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. in the book The Healing Self state: “The people who manage to stay well their entire lives, and who enjoy the highest state of wellness, are people who have no trouble getting eight hours of good sleep a night.”
Regular and consistent periods of wakefulness and sleep are key ingredients to fostering a healthy body and a clear mind. It is during sleep that your body renews itself. During sleep, your body and psyche are both regaining their strength for the coming day. (Check out my blog on Yoga Nidra, a practice that takes your brain into different stages of brain wave activity. Listen to a Yoga Nidra session.)
So how can you get a restful night’s sleep? I wrote another blog post about adopting Ayurvedic practices for restful sleep. Check that out first. Then consider what you are sleeping on. After a lot of research, we are sleeping on a Loom & Leaf mattress and Cozy Earth bamboo sheets. These, plus my regular meditation practice, are giving me the best sleep I can recall in my entire life. (FYI – I’m not getting any kickbacks on these products, just love ‘em!)
Give yourself the gift of peaceful slumber and you will likely find yourself feeling alert, refreshed, and ready for life’s challenges. You may also find yourself feeling more centered, thoughtful, and aware throughout the day, so you can live your full potential.
About the Author
Rochelle Barcellona is an animal-loving, family-and-friends-embracing, yoga-nidra-meditation-and-ayurveda-teaching, happy red-headed yogi who owns Nourish Mind Body & Spirit in Northern California. You may learn more about Rochelle here. Rochelle may be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and 916-353-5200.
(Photo of Rochelle courtesy of Bella Barcellona Photography.)