Okay so I like a little Shakespeare. Do you remember the play Julius Caesar? I think we read it in 8th grade English. Do you remember the part where the fortune teller tells Caesar “Beware the Ides of March?” He was warning Caesar about his impending death on the Ides of March (March 15th). But Caesar didn’t listen and He was stabbed to death.
Okay before you start worrying about what is going to happen on March 15th, remember this is for the sake of analogy, nothing more. 😊 Caesar didn’t listen to the warnings that people were out to kill him. Have you ever known someone who is on a destructive road and doesn’t pay attention to the warnings?
I know I have. I’ve been that person before. It’s been that way for me with sleep. I know that I should get more sleep, but I’m too busy and there is too much to do. A lack of good sleep is a major health concern. According to a recent study, sleep deprivation now rivals obesity and smoking as our greatest health crisis.
In her book, "The Sleep Revolution", Arianna Huffington talks about how her own sleep deprived life consisted of over working and avoiding sleep until finding herself face down with a bloody nose on her desk after she collapsed from sleep deprivation. She has now become a advocate of sleep as a major indicator of health. The average adult needs 7-8 hours sleep a night rejuvenation time for concentration, mood, weight management, and overall wellbeing. She says, “By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.” I highly suggest her book. I’ve been listening to it on CD and there are so many good nuggets about why we need sleep to survive and to thrive. How can you better tune into your body? Get tips and help on my website!