Grouchy? Forgetful? Moody? Unfulfilled? Bored? I know it sounds like an ad for some miracle diet or potent elixir but it’s not. It’s a call to all of us that much of what we feel are negatives in our life are actually not our shortcomings but merely our lack of quality sleep.

The hot flashes, the bathroom visits, the worries, the thoughts we can’t turn off, all these and many more are like holes in a boat. It is impossible to enjoy the ride when you are constantly dealing with the holes. What can be done?

You cannot expect your night to suddenly calm down and be blissful while you drift off into a deep, uninterrupted sleep if your day is out of control. Rather than trying to fix a nighttime problem we would be much more successful if we fixed our daytime first.

Meditation and stretching are the keys here. Even a five minute meditation can alter our brain chemistry for the better and put our thoughts into a place of clarity instead of overload. One minute of stretching can do for our bodies what meditation does for our mind.

“Mens sana in corpore sano” A healthy mind in a healthy body. Take time today, every day, to take care of you. You are responsible for you. You are the one, the only one, who gets feedback from your body. Stop pushing aside what you know you need. Martyrdom is overrated.

Bottom line, make your days more peaceful and your nights will be more peaceful and your sleep will be better and then the next day will be even better. Be good to you.

(c)2014 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride
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