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Sleep Well? or Sleep Well!!!

2011-04-02 18:26 (comments: 0)

I have been catching myself staying up too long lately and then falling into bed like a stone. And whether I’ve had enough sleep or not, the alarm clock still goes off every morning and … yes, I am able to run all the chores whether. I’m sure you can do this, too. However, I decided yesterday to put it to the test. I consciously went to bed earlier. I wasn’t really ready to go to bed just yet, but I went to bed in spite of being fully awake, I read until I noticed that I wasn’t taking the text in anymore. I switched off the light an as I lay in bed, I reflected on my day in a positive and constructive way. My sleep was restful and more refreshing than normally. I felt rested and I even woke up a few minutes before the alarm clock. The whole day just simply looked different.

Having had enough sleep has simply made me more present, more relaxed, more creative and happier. I can deal with stress better, I can communicate with other people better, and I have also noticed that I faster restore my energy after a demanding task or a challenging meeting.

I find solutions faster and develop creative ideas easier. Actually, I’m in top shape!

When I talk to my clients they often complain not only about not having enough time for themselves, for healthy life style, for doing sports  and for their families and friends, but they often complain about simply not getting enough sleep… Some of them, on the other hand, brag about managing with very little sleep indeed.

We have been increasingly living a lifestyle of too much adrenaline and not enough sleep!

When I look closely at our world, I cannot help but notice that we might have arrived at our limits here. Many leaders, whether in the politics or in the economy, seem to have been making big mistakes simply because they have been running on their energy reserves and fighting on too many fronts without getting proper rest.

Isn’t it high time for us to get a good sleep and taking the time to reflect on and draw conclusions from the passing day as we go to bed? Don’t we need leaders who are relaxed and creative and who have the time and enough alertness to consider things in full awareness before they act?

And you? Are you ready to begin a new day after having a good, restorative sleep? Or does your alarm clock yank you out of a short, shallow sleep only so that you try to make it through another challenging day? My tip for you today is: Sleep well!



It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.

Baltasar Gracian



On a lazy Saturday morning when you're lying in bed, drifting in and out of sleep, there is a space where fantasy and reality become one. Are you awake, or are you dreaming? You see people and things; some are familiar; some are strange. You talk, you feel, but you move without walking; you fly without wings. Your mind and your body exist, but on separate planes. Time stands still. For me, this is the feeling I have when ideas come.

Lynn Johnston



Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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