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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

For some people, they find sleep overrated. A simple Google search on quotes about sleeping will give you results where most writers find sleeping a waste of time. In reality, sleep is crucial in your everyday journey. Last night, I decided to set up a sleep schedule, yes a sleep schedule, to make sure I go to bed and wake up on time. I might be unemployed but I’m not dead. It doesn’t excuse my basic nature, as a creative and functioning member of society, to need a schedule.

The sleep schedule lets me know when to wind down at night and prepare for eight hours of sleeping, at the least, and it lets me know when to wake up. In between those times, I am allowed to rest, dream, and replenish my energy. These three key elements are important for keeping your body healthy and your emotions level:

  • Dreams are vital for sleeping because it’s the best way your body can process issues and relieve itself of stress.
  • If you get enough sleep, your body will produce enough hormones to keep your appetite under control so you don’t overeat throughout the day.
  • Your body produces a compound known as adenosine which accumulates in our blood while we’re awake and eventually triggers drowsiness. It is only until we’ve fallen asleep that our body can break down this chemical.

In all honesty, the first step you must take in order to get your life back on track and to maintain your health is creating a sleep schedule and adhering to it. Now, things come up and schedules have to be manipulated for the greater good, but strive to get in eight hours if possible. The power of the nap is also a wonderful mini-vacation throughout the day. Use sleep as one of your weapons and it will keep you strong for the long haul.

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