5 Mindful Inner Explorations – Part 2 – “Sleep”

sleeping man

“Sleep is a naturally recurring state characterized by reduced or absent consciousness, relatively suspended sensory activity, and inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles.[1] It is distinguished from wakefulness by a decreased ability to react to stimuli, and is more easily reversible than being in hibernation or a coma. Sleep is a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. It is observed in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep

SLEEP – Questions for your reflection…

Are you kind to yourself?

How much sleep do YOU need to feel truly rested and at your best to face the challenges of the day? Are you getting this required amount of sleep every 24-hours, regularly or rarely/never? How do you actually feel, physically and mentally, if you have not slept well or for long enough? Are there any habits, routines or unaddressed ‘issues/questions/concerns’ in your life that are interfering with your body’s need for sleep?

sleep deprivation effects

Is there anything you can do now to minimise the disturbance caused to you by these things?  Perhaps you could give some time to consciously bring any recurrent concerns and thoughts more fully into your waking awareness, thus allowing yourself time to carefully explore the issues and any possible solutions or new viewpoints? How can YOU work towards finding the balance between resting [stopping] and meeting your responsibilities [doing]?

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.”  ~ Wilson Mizener

Can you bring wise and gentle attention to your current sleeping habits, making sure you are kind to yourself?

Part-1 of this series, can be viewed by clicking the following link…5 Mindful Inner Explorations – Part 1 – “Criticism”

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