A friend of mine asked me yesterday: How much sleep do you need? I had to think for a minute because, it is not a question I consider often. I guess by most standards my sleep patterns are irregular. But, I have made peace with that. However, I must admit that I was not always this willing to embrace my present carefree position about my sleep patterns.
Many years ago (in my forties), I noticed that my body had traded in long periods of sleep for many shorter ones. For many years I was concerned about this. Sometimes I would sleep for two hours. Or, a short nap would be the sum total of my sleep time. I also noticed that it was a “cycle.” After a few days of short naps and two hours sleep here and there, my body gives in and I sleep about eight hours or so. And then the cycle starts again. After lots of worry about what could be “wrong with me,” I decided that fussing over this situation was not the answer.
Now, I just roll with it. I made peace with the idea that whatever sleep comes along in that day — I am thankful for it. I assess my sleep not by length of time but by how “well-rested” I feel.
Each person knows what being well “rested” looks and feels like. And, it is really hard to describe those feelings to another person.
It is the weekend, give yourself permission to get the quality sleep you need to feel well rested. The world will still be here when you awake, Lord willing.
“We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.” –Henry Ward Beecher
Pleasant dreams everyone.