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“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!

13 Dec

It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.”

Miguel de Cervantes, “Don Quixote“, quoted in “The Sleep Revolution” by Ariana Huffington.

Do you suffer from mood swings?

22 Nov

The reason could be quite simple. Many of us succumb to the delusion that we can do our jobs just as well on four or five or six hours of sleep as we can on seven or eight. It’s a delusion that affects not only our personal health but our productivity and decision making. It could be the reason, we may not have as many good ideas as we would have otherwise had, we may not be as able to come up with creative solutions to problems we’re trying to address, or we may be short-tempered or waste a day (or day after day, or year after year) dealing with mood swings.

Every night can be a reminder that we are more than just the sum of our successes and failures, that beyond all our struggling and our rushing there is a stillness that’s available to us, that comes from a place deeper and more ancient than the unending noise that surrounds us. When we connect to that stillness through sleep, we can tap into it, even in the middle of the most action-packed day.

You can find more from Ariana Huffington’s book “The Sleep Revolution” at http://ariannahuffington.com/books/the-sleep-revolution-tr/the-sleep-revolution-hc.

How you can change your life one night at a time

1 Nov

With her book “The Sleep Revolution”, Ariana Huffington, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the online newspaper “Huffington Post” and founder of the Thrive Global company, makes a passionate and engaging plea for the importance of sleep. Our sleep deprivation crisis has profound consequences on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness and Huffington is convinced that we can only regain control of our lives if we completely rethink our relationship to sleep. More info at: http://ariannahuffington.com/books/the-sleep-revolution-tr/the-sleep-revolution-hc.

“When I’m asleep there’s no ‘want to do’ or ‘have to do’”

25 Oct

This is probably the trick – paying attention to the sleep you get and making enough space for it but also being able to leave it in peace. “For me, sleep is a phase where I let my own individual nature take control,” says Thea Herold, Berlin Sleep Academy. For most of us, who prefer to have everything constantly under control, this is a new idea. Hans-Günther Weess, Sleep Expert, expresses it as follows, „It’s actually all about not getting in sleep’s way. Then it happens naturally, just like thirst or hunger.” Weess makes the case for retaining sleep as a performance free zone because it’s the last refuge we have. It’s also important to respect the notion that sleep follows no norms, because our individual personality also expresses itself at night. Thea Herold says, “Sleep is something we have from birth. Naturally it’s right to get help if you have problems, but sleeping is like breathing, something you don’t need to think about. When I’m asleep there’s no want to do or have to do, it’s a gift from nature.”

Read the article by Brigitte on blendle.com entitled “Have we forgotten how to sleep?” for more arguments in favour of sleep.