I went to bed at 10:30 last night (not my usual night owl habit) and did not wake until 8:30 this morning. I was shocked to see the clock!
I have not slept this long in years - a 10 hour stretch without having a flu bug or something? Very outside my norm. I feel great, and have been feeling fantastic. I don't attribute to the 10 hr. stretch to anything other than my body needed to catch up as I have had a few deadlines with my website and training keeping me up past midnight for the past few weeks - several days at a time. Which of course I realize is not good for me. I often explain to my clients how God designed our bodies to heal while we sleep, and the greatest healing comes between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am. Obviously I miss half my "healing time" by being a night owl. (I heard that time frame mentioned in one of the integrative/holistic healing summits a couple of years ago - and I realized my sleep cycle could be my doom someday if I don't do something about it.)
For 2017 I have made a point to listen to my body. In fact, I will take a break from my bio-resonance scanning, or other daytime work, to use the tranquil therapy room in my healing center to take a mid day nap on the BioMat massage table. I spend 15-20 minutes using the Chi machine first to lull me into la la land. Since adding Wholetones sound to the therapy - these one hour breaks have provided quite the self-care experience!
Last night's long stretch of sleep meant I had to fly out the door this morning "au natural" - wash and go to meet a friend for coffee at 9 a.m. It was wonderful catching up with my friend, who is also a widow. God has blessed her with a new mate, both in their 70s, to share her life with. I love hearing their story, and patiently wait for God to reveal and write the next love chapter in my life. As always, He teaches me patience, as I do not deviate from the qualities I seek. Perhaps God will send me someone with good sleep habits that will encourage me to retire more early in the night.
Healing while we sleep...is there irony in that this article appeared in my inbox today? The Sacred Science Team e-news has an article focusing on this very topic, and the six hours I typically get each night is not enough for the body to regenerate and heal. I will be more on purpose with a longer sleep pattern. How about you? How many hours of sleep do you receive each night?