The Power of Sleep

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QUOTE 18 – SEPTEMBER 2014

 

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are incredible. Do you wake up rested and revitalised and ready to take on a great day ahead or do you struggle to stay awake when the alarm goes off? Sleep allows your body to rest, recover and renew itself in a far more effective way than any other de-stressor. If you aren’t well rested, you simply cannot perform at your best, so never compromise your sleep. It is as important as exercise and eating healthy food in the life balance equation.

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Forgoing sleep is a bad idea. You might get a few extra hours now but you pay in spades later – you become more stubborn, lose your creativity, have diminished morale, lose motivation and become more irritable.
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (Founders of 37 Signals)
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Sleep is the best meditation.
Dalai Lama

Another great recovery tool is to take a power nap. Professional athletes have been napping for years, the Spanish, Italians and Greeks for centuries and in present day China, office and factory workers routinely lie down for naps. Taking a power nap will lift your productivity and your mood, lower your stress, stimulate your brain and improve memory and learning. Tell that to the boss next time he finds you passed out at your desk.
 
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
John Steinbeck

 

If you have trouble sleeping, try different routines before you go to bed such as some quiet time to unwind, or try reading, listening to relaxing music, soaking in a warm bath, meditating, praying, doing some gentle stretching or even try visualisation. Let go of all your worries and sleep will come. Work out what works best for you.

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Your future depends on your dreams so get a great night’s sleep!  
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Love Ann

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