"Sleep is the best meditation." -The Dalai Llama.
Every night comes a time to have the most peace some of us will have all day during sleep. Even on great days that are filled with adventure and the vibrancy of life, we find time to rest which is the reward of every day. Your body is always glad to rest and it rewards you when you rest the right way.
While balancing my life and all its responsibilities, sleep has been an issue for me. I've even downloaded an app on my phone that helps track my sleep. I mean, I knew it was bad, but I wanted to know how bad and what steps I could take to improve my nocturnal state in hopes of reducing my already fairly low stress levels and maybe heighten my brain activity throughout the day.
In the next few weeks I'm going to arm you with the knowledge to help you master sleep. You will alleviate stress and anxiety and establish a healthy balance of energy throughout the day. Speaking of day, let's start with sleeps little sibling called nap.
You may have heard several tips and advice about napping, some of which are preached as law, for instance, 'everyone needs at least eight hours of sleep.' Well, is that so? If not, then how much sleep do I need? Do adults need naps like children? Can I actually catch-up on sleep? And how can I still have quality sleep if my schedule is so random? These things we will address and settle them once and for all.
This chart [above] was designed to give people who are visual learners (like me) a clear idea of what to keep in mind should i decide to siesta in the middle of a day. For those of us who have the luxury of napping every now and then, keep this information in mind before the next time you doze.
A trainer I knew back in the day once told me that he would train a few clients in the morning starting at 5:am and then nap in his car until the next session arrived. This one two hour nap for him was so that he wouldn't burn-out late in the day and still be able to sleep at night.
He knew this because he was self-aware and learned about his body. An early nap around 10:am for him had positive effects on his body throughout the day; he didn't tire-out during peak hours and no longer experienced crashing. Of course, this came with a proper diet, which we'll learn about in due time.
I want you to have that same satisfaction, so take a moment to find your ideal nap time. Try it out. Even take some advice from the National Sleep Foundation who studies sleep comprehensively.
These sources are just a few that I use and since I've been focusing on sleep, I have experienced improvement. I don't like having a hard time waking up, and if you're someone who can spring-up and get on with your day, then I applaud you. Although, there is never a better time for me to nap (as I have no problem going under), it is the quality that I lack.
Since then, I've learned so much about how bad my problem is when tracking my rest on the Sleep Cycle app. I'm still struggling because my schedule is more random by the day. So I'm here trying this with you. I have improved some, but I'm still struggling with sleep which is why I want to highlight this topic.
I'll be sending more information about mastering nocturnal arts bringing more quality of energy in our lives. Until then, Ase (power, authority, command).