Sleep, Own it. September 26 2015

Sleep, Own It. 

Remember Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs?? The pyramid that established needs of the human race? Sleep was one of the physiological requirements for human survival, tucked in there at the base of the pyramid with Breathing, Food, Water, Shelter, Clothing (and arguably Sex). 

Maslow believed that if these needs are not met, the human body cannot function properly and will ultimately fail. 

I believe Maslow. I know what my body feels like with lack of sleep. It hurts; it’s achy; my brain thinks irrationally. I crave weird things, like cheeseburgers for breakfast. Without my allotment, I am fussy, cranky and unmanageable to those closest around me. These are similar feelings when I am hungry or thirsty. 

I also know that I need a good 8 hours in the rack. Yep, I admit it; I am owning it. I know what I need. And apparently, I am not the only one. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep is between 7-9 hours per night. 

When I met Deepak Chopra last year, he told me that his 5 Pillars of Wellbeing are Sleep, Meditation, Movement, Healthy Emotions and Non-Processed Nutrition, but that Good Sleep was number 1! 

That means, shut it down, relax your brain and your body. Turn off the screens, lower the temperature of your environment, make the room dark and womb-like and resist the urge to set an alarm. Your mind, body and heart will thank you. 

I dare you to take back your sleep; own it.

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