Importance of Sleep and Positive Emotions

It’s been a while since I have last written about staying healthy, and my today’s post is going to be somewhat related to this topic. There are two components to staying healthy that I personally have been underestimating for a long time: sleep, and emotions.

I wrote about the importance of getting enough rest back in February, but over the past few days I have remembered something that my mother used to tell me back when we all lived under the same roof. She would recommend me not to go to sleep after midnight, but rather try to get to sleep at least an hour before 12:00 am and get up earlier instead of sleeping in. If you have never tried it, I’d encourage you to experiment on yourself. I can clearly see that when I go to bed at 11:00 pm and wake up at 6:00 am, I am significantly more rested on 7 hours of sleep than if I go to sleep at 1:00 pm and wake up at 9:00 am (getting 8 hours of sleep).

Additionally, I’ve been spending a lot of this weekend with my five-year-old daughter (aka Princess Anastasia). We’ve been studying grasshopper’s leg, body and wings under a microscope, learned to play “Old McDonald Had a Farm” on her mini piano, went to Chuck E. Cheese, bought a cupcake maker and made some of our own cupcakes, played a game where I would come to the doctor’s office and she would examine my hair, ears, teeth (not sure what illness she would try to diagnose, but it was fun), etc. The amount of the positive emotions that both of us have received throughout these activities has been enormous, and I already feel how much energy they have given me in addition to that proper sleep.

I hope you’re having a great weekend too. Remember to get plenty of rest, and to spend quality time with those who matter most to you!

6 thoughts on “Importance of Sleep and Positive Emotions”

  1. This is a great reminder to all of us. I know that I function much better when I get enough sleep and do not lay in bed all morning. However, once in awhile, I love laying in bed in the morning with my little girl talking about toddler stuff. I always feel reconnected to her.

  2. She is three years old. Her latest favorite topis is “family.” We list all the people in our family, go over their names and birthdays, which can last for hours 🙂

  3. In addition to plenty of sleep, intense exercise and a rich diet, I try to make it a point to meditate every day.

    Basically in complete silence and thinking about absolutely nothing.

    Try this for 15 minutes, and you’ll realize how pervasive and continual your thoughts are, when ( in my opinion ) exercising “not-thinking” actually helps your ability to think and execute your thoughts more clearly 🙂

    It works, I swear!

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