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Day 24 – Sleep and So Much More

Day 24 – Sleep and So Much More
Day 24 – Sleep and So Much More

Today I was a walking zombie, except instead of moaning “brains”, I was moaning “sleep” all day. It was partly my fault because I went to bed too late. Around 10:30 instead of 9:30-10 like I usually do. And, it was partly the fault of my ornery cats who decided to start playing/ fighting right when I was drifting off to sleep. After waking up at 5:40 to shower before work this morning, I am ready for bed now, at 7:30 at night.

 

Neeed Sleeep Nooow!

 

Back in my drinking days I never got enough sleep. Especially towards the end of my drinking. Every night like clockwork I was up at around 2:30-3 in the morning, drenched in sweat, because the alcohol had worked through my system and started wearing off. I would struggle to go back to bed because I didn’t have any booze leftover to help me back to sleep. And, the next day, I was a walking zombie at work. My sponsor put it this way: “I wasn’t human until I had a pot of coffee in me”.

After I got sober, I still struggled to get to sleep. My body was still cleaning out the toxins I had put in it for so long, and it needed time to adjust. But over time my sleep patterns returned to a varying degree of normal.

These days I usually get around 8 hours of sleep at night. That’s the recommended amount of sleep for most people. Some need more, some need less. But for me, I need at least 8 hours sleep to function well the next day.

I’ve learned today that what I put in my body matters a lot. When I put negative energy into my body via bad thoughts, or negative energy around me, I am tired at the end of the day. When I don’t get enough sleep, I put soda or candy into my body because I’m looking for a quick fix to wake up, and I don’t make good decisions when I’m tired. When I put crappy food into my body, like fast food or frozen pizza (processed food), I get tired easier.

But, when I get a good night’s sleep, I am rested for the day ahead. I am more aware of my surroundings, and better able to be present in the moment. When I am present in the moment I don’t allow negative thoughts or energy into my mind as easily. When I am rested, I make better food choices, like choosing to drink water instead of soda. And when I put good food into my body, like veggies and pasta (I’m a vegetarian), I have more energy at the end of the day.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have my usual 8 cups of coffee in the morning (yes, I really drink that much coffee). I still get a sweet tooth around 3 in the afternoon and eat some chocolate for an energy boost. And yes, I still eat pizza, because pizza is amazing, and I can’t imagine my world without it.

The difference is, I am more mindful today about how my body is functioning. I tune in with myself periodically. Did I get enough sleep last night? Is this food good for me to eat? Am I letting my mind wander into morbid thinking again? Little check-ins throughout the day help me stay in tune with my Higher Self, and I can make decisions that keep my engine (body, mind, and spirit) in tune.

So, next time you feel tired, or off kilter, check in with yourself. Did you get enough sleep last night? Did you eat enough for lunch/ supper? Are those negative thoughts rolling around in your head again? Small engine tune-ups here and there are far less costly than a whole engine replacement in the end.

Remember, we only get one body while we’re here on earth, use it wisely.

Originally published January 30, 2017 – medium.com

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