Do you crave sleep?
Do you have a hard time going to sleep?
Or, staying asleep?
Sleep is a sweet respite from the daily pressures of life. I treasure what Walt Whitman called the “free flight into the wordless, / Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done.”
~ A Clear Midnight from Leaves of Grass by W. Whitman
In an article in the New York Times (July, 8, 2023), Melissa Kirsch refers to sleep as
- taking out the trash when the body is asleep
- The “over-night mop-up”
Apparently, brain files that have become jammed or misplaced during my conscious hours, are straightened out, re-filed, or perhaps permanently deleted.
I have had the sensation of a somewhat clean slate on awakening in the morning. Before daily details encroach, the day feels fresh and new. I’m not yet aware that I forgot to put the lawn debris bin on the curb. That nagging email reminder has not yet surfaced. I don’t yet remember my looming dental appointment.
Have you had this experience?
As I open my eyes to the new day, I am reminded of the promise in Lamentations 3: 22, 23:
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Napping, Catching 40 Winks
A best-selling author in my neighborhood, Madeline Martin, admits to two naps each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Apparently, some periodic shut-eye adds to her productivity. She has published more than two dozen books (mostly historical fiction) with more in the queue.
Blog friend, Jenn Simpson, offered a “napping” quote in a June 20, 2023 post I like. . .
A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting.
~ Terri Guillemets
Check it out again: Back in March, I offered nine notes about “napping.”
Before settling down for the night, I like to shift to a quieter gear, winding down for the day, maybe reading a fine novel like Linda Joy Myers’ The Forger of Marseille, or watching a TV series like Monarch of the Glen. Or maybe walking out to the patio and gazing at stars, squinting upward to spot moonbeams. . .
My mother read to my sisters and me when she put us to bed. Before we drifted off to dreamland, she chose stories from this book.
My own children grew drowsy as I read to them from Bedtime Stories, “Jacob’s Ladder” and “Moses in the Bulrushes.”
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When thou liest dow, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. ~ Proverbs 3:24 King James Version
Credit: Sleep emoji, PNGWing image
Is napping a part of your daily routine?
Do you have trouble falling asleep—or staying asleep?
How do you wind down before bedtime?
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I will be offline October 11 – 18 to attend a college class reunion.