Get Sleep Be Happy? Sleep is a Vibe of Good.

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Sleep is a Vibe of Good

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When you are able to sleep, soundly for a solid 8-hour period you do yourself a huge service. Sleep is a good vibe to get and remain in the gateway of the good feels. Today, sleep eludes many and its importance should not be overlooked.

Anyone who has been gifted with the life of a child knows the physical effects of sleep deprivation. When you do become a parent, you discover a newfound appreciation for fulfilling sleep requirements for your new baby, and also for yourself. If anyone advises you to sleep when the baby sleeps, get on down with a good nap.

Dialing in some good sleep to honour and respect your mental and physical capacities, is a vibe to be harnessed.

It is going on 3 am and I cannot sleep and I know that it would impact me if I had to be up early. You don’t need to be a fancy scientist or have a deep understanding of physiology to know that when sleep doesn’t happen, strange things do.

There have been many a study performed by scientists as to a clearly delineated explanation as to why we, as humans, need our sleep. I have experienced fatigue and exhaustion, and one time hallucinations because of lack of sleep. I know all too well, through life experience that when you are running on empty in terms of your slumber, your world dials in on a lower and somewhat strange feels frequency.

You may deem sleep a time of rest. In a manner of speaking, it sure seems so, but in actual fact, there is a ton of activity that occurs during sleep in terms of processing, restoring and strengthening of our systems. The deeper wave states of the brain are encompassed during sleep. ATP is the molecule in the body used for short term storage and transport of energy – when sleeping the brain restores this molecule.

In a quiet waking state the brain is responsible for twenty percent of the body’s energy use, so sleeping has a noticeable effect on energy consumption.

There are 2 broad types of which sleep is divided: non-REM/NREM sleep and REM sleep. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement – these two types of sleep vary so widely from one another that physiologists distinguish them as distinct behavioural states. NREM sleep is the first occurring state after a period called slow-wave sleep or deep sleep where the brain utilizes less energy and the body’s temperature and heart rate descend.

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The paradoxical sleep of REM sleep is indicative of a smaller portion of sleeping time associated with faster and unsynchronized brain wave movement, fast eye movements, loss of muscle tone and finally the suspension of homeostasis (suspending the state of steady internal conditions maintained by the living)

Sleeping enhances your well-being because it allows you to be chill and allows your system to realign without your conscious participation. Our bodies are immaculately designed and phenomenally mind blowing amazeballs if you take a few to have a little think about that.

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The miracle that is your essence of Life Force is something that you would do well to celebrate and acknowledge with some fervour.

Sleep is a necessity and as you go through life, you learn to appreciate the value of it more and more as your body advances in time you know only too well that sleeping yields all kinds of good.

The mental benefits of sleeping and the physical benefits of sleeping compile a long and worthy list. I know as a Mama Bear, I can parent on 3 hours of sleep and I can parent on 8 hours of sleep as that is that nature of that particular game, but I am a much more connected, patient and regulated Mama Bear making more empowered choices when I have had sufficient sleep.

That’s me, below, before I was a Mama Bear and could just willie nillie take naps, mouth catching flies, on the beach whenever it suited me. Surf, sand, sleep? Uh, yes please ๐Ÿ™‚

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So wiped and deep into Dreamland

It really is remarkable how powerful the human body is. I learned that sleep induces the production of prolactin in the body – the hormone that allows a woman to breast feed successfully – growing a human and then caring for them with a wacky sleep schedule while still giving them life from your body – how ultimately divinely insane and cool is it that we are able to do this??

Men and women of all kinds have survived days with sleep deprivation. In some respects I would go so far as to say I have witnessed that in some aspects of the collective consciousness, the lack of sleep amongst most “functioning” humans is an epidemic.

I understand the value of working hard to achieve a goal, but if you are doing so at the detriment of your own being, then all the rewards you reap from that will prove useless as you won’t have the capacity to enjoy the fruits of your efforts. Backwards, right? Be chill, sleep sufficiently and regulate your system to its optimal performance and you can dial in the same productivity in half the time.

It is a mindset and state of being shift and all you need to do is commit to respecting your system enough to know that sufficient sleep is where it is at!

Sleep helps you regulate your body. It lends itself to lower blood pressure and supports heart health. It promotes clarity of mind and energetic alertness. If you are sleep deprived, it is not a good vibe. It filters into your activities, your relationships and your performance. It is an act of self-respect to make your state of well-being a priority.

If you have a fast paced lifestyle it can be tricky to endeavour to fulfilling sleep requirements but no need to worry! There is a secret to the goodvibes and it is all kinds of effective:

The Art of the Afternoon Nap

Your initial reaction may be “No way! I can’t nap in the middle of the afternoon!” but I am here to tell you, that no matter your station in life, if you are intent on making an afternoon nap a part of your lifestyle, then you, my good vibe companion, can make this a reality.

Living in Mexico I harnessed a very good vibe down there. I did a bicycle ride down to the beach, have an hour paddle, dial in some outdoor yoga and then home to dial in some food, some time with my boys and then….la piรจce de resistance, una siesta! For those of you unfamiliar with the Spanish language, siesta means nap. It is actually a pretty universal word though, so let’s dial that in!

A while back, when I read that taking a specific 20-minute nap to boost your mental and physical acuity during the entirety of your day, I was pretty sure that whomever suggested this, was confused. How can anyone possibly gain from a mere 20 minutes of sleep? It practically takes me 20 minutes just to get to sleep…am I right?

The thing of it is, though, that INTENT is super powerful. I know this because after learning about the power of intent and taking that information as value and seriously, you can really achieve some powerful results. When I intended on blocking out 30 minutes to have 5 minutes on either end of this ridiculous experiment, I did so with a full commitment to dialing it in with precision to test the results of the 20-minute nap endorsement.

Let me tell you fellow humans riding the goodvibelife that the results were undeniable, and went from a first timer to a devout napper in this one 30minute block of time. My energy was refreshed, my alertness was evident and my mental acuity revitalized and renewed. From a mere twenty minutes!

When I worked in restaurants, taking a 15minute snooze in the back staff area during 14 hour shifts proved supremely beneficial – same as when I worked the same hours in the animation studios – A quick little nap on the office couch was the difference in achieving tight deadlines with success.

Napping for children is key, and as it turns out, for adults too! My dude even takes naps in his car if he needs to. Instead of taking a 20-minute break to grab a coffee, take that time to grab some sleep and witness a subtle but profound shift in your energy, mood and productivity. No room for judgement in these parts – just an open mind and a willingness to think about your state of being and how you optimize it. If you can dig it, choose a nap one day this week and let me know how that works out for you!

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8 thoughts on “Get Sleep Be Happy? Sleep is a Vibe of Good.

  1. Rebecca, thanks for singing the praises for a good nap!  It’s validation for my own experience with power-napping.  A really good aid for sleep is a really good bed and a peaceful sleeping environment. 

    I have a hard time getting to sleep on my own bed at home, but no problem at all sleeping on the Light-of-My-Life’s marvelously built futon mattress.  It is so just-right and I’ve been looking for a similar mattress of my own with little success.  (The company that sold it went out of business and we don’t know who made it.  I have not been able to find anything that comes close to it.)

    It also helps that he lives in the middle of a rain forest surrounded by greenness and colorful orchids and other flowers and the only neighbors wandering around are feral pigs and wild cows and a really great bunch of thrushes, cardinals, mynahs, mejiros and finches.  No chickens.

    1. Hey Netta!  Sounds like you are riding a very good vibe in the connectedness and sleep department!  Good for you!  My first mattress after I moved out of my house was a futon – those were so great!  A chair and a bed in one and so firm..haha!  Here is a site I found from a preliminary Google Search : https://www.wayfair.ca/furnitu… They seem to sell the futons!  Good luck to you and I wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year with all the wonderful natural and animal life that surrounds you!                                                                                                                                               

  2. Great article.  Sleep is great when you can get it.I wish that I could get a full 8 hours of sleep a night, but the people in the apartment above me are keeping me up at night, just random noise, like stomping, I can hear every sound they make and I can not get to sleep.  I am getting at most maybe four hours a night for the last month now.  The landlord so far has not even bothered to answer any of my letters or email to them.Do you have any suggestions for how to block out the noise so that I can get a decent sleep?

    1. Hey Andy!  That’s a low vibe that your neighbours above you are being all party like when you want to get some zzz’s!  I have been there buddy, as I have people above me who are up at all hours and are not subtle about it.  My first suggestion, is to knock on that door and in a kind and respectful manner, tell them what’s up and if they can be more aware of their disempowering impact upon you. If that proves unsuccessful, then dial in some construction grade earplugs – I did so for a variety of reasons for my sleep (the early train, the elephant troop that lives above, the construction outside, the crazy dude who sings about Jesus really late….)   They solved my noise issues immediately.  Meditation is a good vibe too, to diminish the effects of the environment around you prior to sleeping.  I wish you much success with what I am sure will be a great year ahead for your sleep needs!  Thank you for your comment and good luck!

  3. Having a sound sleep is necessary for good mental and psychological health as well as the entire human health. However, the nunber of hours required may differ from person to person. Another important factor worthy of consideration is sleep Habit formed by various individuals and how it affects their well-being. some people sleep for 8 hours a day while others sleep for just 4 hours and feel healthy.

    1. Hey Zuchii!  I am so happy that you brought up the very valid point about how everyone is dynamic and their sleep needs are too!  I am solid on 4-5 hours of sleep if I am able to incorporate two 30 minute meditations somewhere in my day.  I know that if I sleep too much, i feel sluggish. It really does depend on your lifestyle, your physiology and your brain chemistry for sure!  I would venture to say, however, that the commonality we all share as being species of the human race, that sufficient and well governed sleep habits are an endeavour we would all be wise to pay attention to ๐Ÿ™‚  Thank you for your insightful and helpful comment!  Happy New Year and much success and prosperity to you!

  4. Oh my doesnt every one love a good sleep or nap.  I know myself I cant really nap during the day because my night time sleep wont be so good.  However what else I know is that when I drive long periods of time and my eyes start closing all I need to do is pull over and have a 15 minute sleep and then Im good to go for hours again.

    As for my grandson who is seven and sleeps very well at night even a 10 minute nap screws that up bad.  He usually sleeps from 9 pm to 7am however if he even has a 15 minute nap there would be no way he would fall asleep before midnight.

    Thank you for this article.  It was very well written

    Dale

    1. Hey Dale!  I am pleased to hear that you enjoy the good vibes of a nap if you are fatigued during long driving trips!  An act of true self and social responsibility so good for you dude!  As for the nap and a seven year old? It made me laugh as my son is seven and the exact same.  If he nods off in the car on the way home from an activity and it is the end of the day, even 15 minutes means a late and longer bedtime.  The naps are dialled in for babies and toddlers and fully grown adults – seven year old children, with the good amount of sleep you mentioned, should be good to go for the entirety of the day – the brain is in high development so a good 10-12 hour sleep at night is keeping them optimal ๐Ÿ™‚  Thank you for your comment and kind words about the article.  A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you!

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