Go take a nap

Have you ever had one of those nights that you didn’t wake up once?

These days, a good night’s sleep seems to be elusive.

It could be the heat or what you ate for dinner, but I think all of us have lost shuteye about what is happening in the world. No, what is happening right here in the United States.

It’s a weirdness we are living in. It makes one wish the days would go by quickly so we can get back to happier times. We are ready for all the upheaval to end.

But if these days are whisked through without the joy of having lived them, then life itself becomes a drudge. We need to practice living in the moment. If we can’t do this, the appreciation and gratitude for waking up to fight the good fight is lost.

We can’t allow that to happen.

A friend of mine passed away from pancreatic cancer last week. She was my house mate in college and we shared close and private secrets. She was told she had 4 months at first and she should get her affairs in order. But Diana wasn’t having that. She found a doctor who believed she could have more time and actually she added 3 more months. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it was her attitude that sustained her. She was upbeat and even when I groused to her about Coronavirus, she had something positive and a piece of good advice to give me.

Her best advice was to take a nap. That I would feel better afterward.

Taking a nap seems a luxury to most of us.

We have work to do!

But the ability and time to disappear into the unconscious world of slumber might just be the escape that saves you right now. Sure, the problems are not going to be gone when you wake, but fresh attitudes, renewed resolve, and continued fortitude might make things better.

According to “Healthline”, poor sleep has immediate negative effects on your hormones, exercise performance, and brain function. It can cause weight gain and increase disease risk. In contrast, good sleep will help you eat less exercise better, and be healthier.

Here are a few tips from “Healthline”:

· Increase bright light exposure during the day

· Reduce blue light exposure in the evening

· Don’t consume caffeine late in the day

· Reduce long daytime naps (emphasis on long)

· Try to sleep and wake at consistent times

· Melatonin or other supplements: Ginko biloba, Glycine, Valerian Root, Magnesium, Lavendar,

· Avoid alcohol

· Control light and temperature in bedroom

· Avoid eating late at night

· Work on relaxing techniques like mindfulness or simply take a bath

Let’s face it, there are a lot of things way out of control in our lives right now. Controlling your time at rejuvenating and keeping fresh should not be ignored or taken over by social media, virus pandemics, or other people’s problems.

Thanks for listening.

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