Sleep is incredibly beneficial for not just our bodies but our minds. Our minds need a rest from all of the constant internal chatter that we experience while we are awake. A study by the the University of Rochester’s medical school finds that sleep may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is acting like a mental janitor in that it’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking.
Sleeping is a great way to reset your emotional state and adopt a more positive state of mind. Much like meditation, sleeping allows your mind to rest because it stops thought. While you sleep, whatever resistant or negative thoughts you may have been thinking fade away and their momentum ceases. When you awaken, you are naturally in a good good feeling emotional state. It’s the thoughts we start thinking again right after we wake up that bring us back down to a less blissful state. If you will make an effort to reach for positive thoughts immediately upon awakening, you will alter your mindset. So if you’re feeling upset, take a nap. You’ll feel better because you’ll stop the momentum of negative thoughts, and when you wake up it’ll be easier to choose different thoughts.
Start you day in a positive way by appreciating your life. Say, “Thank you for this day. Thank you for this comfortable bed. I am happy to be alive. Thank you for my life”. Remind yourself that each day is a gift. If you tell yourself, you will believe it. We often take our lives for granted and forget to appreciate what we do have because we’ve become accustomed to it. But what if you didn’t have a home or a warm bed or safe place to sleep? Reminding ourselves of the things that really matter creates a more positive state of mind that stays with us throughout our day and affects what we attract into our experience.
Lack of sleep not only deprives us of the chance to reset our emotional state, but it also causes our health to become compromised because our immune system doesn’t function as well when our bodies are tired. Sleep allows the cells of our bodies to renew themselves, and when we don’t get enough of it our nervous system and digestive system can get out of whack. Without enough sleep, the two hormones that control appetite (leptin and gherkin) can become imbalanced causing us to overeat. It’s generally believed that we need 7 or 8 hours of sleep, but everyone’s body is different. Sometimes you need more sleep and sometimes you can function on less. It’s important to pay attention to your body.
Before you drift off to sleep, tell yourself a bedtime story. Take a few moments to reflect on the day and think of some positive things that happened. Now tell yourself about the wonderful restful night’s sleep that you’re going to get. Maybe even ask for a dream to clarify a question you may have. Tell yourself how you are going to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for your day.
Say to yourself, "As I lie here and breathe, I'm allowing my body to restore itself to its natural state of balance and perfect health and alignment. I am allowing my cells to receive the well being they have been asking for. I release anything from my mind and body that I no longer need. I see myself and my life in perfect harmony”.
In love and light,