The benefits of getting enough sleep — and better sleep

I’ve been skimping on sleep lately. And I can tell the difference.

Ouch!

Trying to keep up with deadlines can sometimes backfire… My brain simply doesn’t work as fast when I’m tired. So trying to get something done when I’m so tired that I’m about to get keyboard marks on my forehead is clearly counterproductive.

Have you ever been there? What makes us do this? Some need for self-punishment maybe? That’s just plain silly.

The other day I came across just the Abraham Hicks quote I needed to see:

Just do your best to keep yourself in balance. One of the first things that causes Energy misalignment, is asking or demanding too much of yourself in terms of time and effort. In other words, you just cannot burn the candle at both ends, so that you are physically tired, and then expect yourself to have a cheerful attitude. So, the rule of thumb has to be: “I’m going to be very, very, very happy, and then do everything I have time to do after that.”

— Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in West Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 6th, 2005 #249

So what’s the action plan?

Reorder priorities….

Get enough sleep, in one piece. Go to bed at a reasonable time sleep till morning and don’t get up in the middle of the night to work on another project. Just because I can isn’t a good enough reason to interrupt my sleep. I’ll be much more effective when I get it all in one chunk.

if a deadline is really urgent, I suppose I can get up earlier in the morning. Still… the Abraham quote really made me reevaluate how I go about business.

Here are more things I plan to do:

Take a nap when I feel tired. And/or make sure I spend some time outdoors while it’s light.

Today is a gorgeous day! The way to show my gratitude for it is to actually take advantage of it, go for a walk, and enjoy that beautiful day.

What about you? Are YOU getting enough sleep?

Look out the window. If it’s nice out, take time for a walk if you can.

Have a great day.

Elisabeth


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7 thoughts on “The benefits of getting enough sleep — and better sleep

  1. amanda@choosing-life-my-way.com

    What you say is so true- it definitely struck a chord with me. It is very important to take time to just enjoy the blessings of life, and it is always good to have a reminder. Great post 🙂

  2. Debbie Hegeman

    I have not been getting the sleep I need lately. So I sleep later in the morning. If I don’t I am not a happy camper. But, then on the flip side, there are a few things that I want to do in the morning that I cannot do because I get up to late and they are over with. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Elisabeth Post author

    Hi Amanda,
    thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you liked it.

  4. Elisabeth Post author

    Hi Debbie,

    I know just what you mean about missing out on stuff when you get up late in the morning. I’ve got that same problem!

  5. Elisabeth Post author

    Thanks for your comment, Martin. I definitely will.

  6. Heidi Caswell

    Sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Something I need to do more of, I don’t sleep in, up before 6, which means I shouldn’t be up after midnight.

    Thanks Elizabeth!

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