It is no secret that a good night’s sleep can be the key to a happy, productive day. When we sleep well, our concentration improves, our mood is lifted, and our alertness is boosted.
When we are well-rested we have more energy for spiritual engagement, too. We are able to meditate deeper, nourishing our connection with the universe, allowing energy to flow more freely between the body, the Earth and the stars.
But what are the longer term impacts of good quality sleep? In this guide we will take a look at what the science says about the long term effects of healthy sleeping patterns, what this means for our spirituality, and how to achieve these healthy habits.
What the Science Says
A study conducted by the American College of Cardiology has demonstrated that people who practice healthy sleeping habits actually live longer than those who sleep poorly.
In a startling revelation, the study estimates that as many as 8% of deaths from any cause can be, in some way, attributed to a poor sleeping pattern.
In this study, poor quality of sleep is not just considered as a less-than-favorable duration, but also includes those who work night shifts, struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep, those who need to medicate or self-medicate in order to sleep, and those who suffer from restless sleep.
The connection between poor quality of sleep and cardiovascular issues has been known for many years, but this study suggests that the connection between poor quality sleep and other life-limiting conditions such as dementia, cancer, and poor mental health are also significant.
Sleep and Spirituality
Spirituality and sleep are intrinsically and unavoidably connected. When we sleep our brain is doing some serious self-care, and the more high-quality sleep you can achieve, the more time our brain can spend on mending problems, and processing and filing memories.
Our dreams hold a lot of significance to our spirituality, and we can learn a lot about what we want and need from understanding the dreams we experience.
Sleep is also closely connected to the movements of the sun and moon. The sun gives us energy, ambition, passion and drive, and the moon supplies nurturing energy, bringing intuition and restoration. When we sleep in accordance with the sun and moon we access their power.
How to Improve Your Quality of Sleep
Getting the quality of sleep required to expand our lifespan and improve quality of life is a science in itself. It all comes from practice and preparation.
Your environment is an essential element. Invest in high quality incense such as lavender or frankincense, block out any light or sound that could detract from your sleep, and ensure the bedding and temperature are comfortable.
Preparation is also key. Spend some time without electronic distractions before you get into bed, and try to create a consistent wind-down routine that teaches your brain when it’s time to sleep.
The quest for high-quality sleep isn’t just about improving productivity and alertness in the day, it can even improve your spirituality and hold the key to a longer, happier life. Why not make some changes to your bedtime routine and give your spirituality a boost.