Monday, April 28, 2014

Thought for the Week: Sleep is a Good Thing


Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Like many women, I have demands upon my time...demands that often pull me in many directions, demands that often chip away at recreation, demands that leave me feeling...sometimes...very. very tired and burned out. It seems that I may be very good about setting some boundaries...but not boundaries that protect my own time to recreate, to refresh, to renew. Who do I think I am...Superwoman? As my sweeties likes to remind me when I pull yet another overnighter working on a publishing deadline, "honey, you're not 20...your not a spring chicken...now get some sleep!"

Ahhh...sleeep! Sleep is something I tend to chronically deprive myself of...not like new-mother-baby-awake-every-two-hours sort of deprive...more like, "Just one more chapter," or "Sure, I'll stay an extra few hours at the office," or "Hmmm, we're out of bread dough - why don't I start a batch now...at 11pm....after all, morning doesn't come that early!"

I know all the reasons why proper sleep is important - and I know that when I get it, I feel so much better and my skin looks amazing So why oh why am I once again working off a sleep deficit? This week, my focus is on healthier sleep habits...starting tonight...and that means starting with unplugging my time-bandit laptop!

Good night all!

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late. ~Charles Caleb Colton

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb