So imagine it's the summer of 1977, my Grandpa Kacky was up with the Sun. By the time I would make it to the kitchen table, he would be outside wearing plaid polyester pants talking to the neighbor next door just before going fishing. I awoke many mornings to the smell of pancakes and bacon. Happily always awaiting to leap from my bed of slummber for instructions to prepare for our morning's feast. Yet, as I laid there wiggling my toes I recall my child intentions of making mud pies, capturing bees in canning jars and playing kickball in the circle with ZZ. At no point in the mapping out of my day, did I factor in my Grandma's Cat Nap.
After I devoured the sweetness made by my Grandma's hands, out the back door I would go. The Sun always awaiting to kiss this carbonated skin as I laid in green grasses watching clouds and pondering over what exactly is the wind. I cannot account for the number of rotations made round my Grandparent's haven for my Soul. I'm sure it was my orbit like behaviors that caused my Grandpa to name me like a distant Star.
Let's be clear my steps were strategic and very mindful of not entering their abode unless I absolutely had to. However, that part of the day where the Sun reaches it's highest point in the sky I'm called into the warmth of my Grandma's kitchen. There before the Sun lit window she peels green apples handing me slices one by one as she listens to me. I cannot tell what I said but according to my Momma I talked to much.
After lunch I enter the living room to lay on the carpeted floor and unconsciously begin to watch the soap operas. Just when I'm about to pick up where I left off at outdoors, Grandma says "It's time to take a nap". I look up to the giant of a woman and softly say "Grandma, I'm not sleepy'. She responds "Just lay down for 15 minutes. If you don't fall asleep, you can get up". This negotiation tactic worked everytime. Simply because I trusted my 7 year old Self could determine when 15 minutes was up and certain that there was not a sleepy bone in my little body.
I always fell asleep and could never account for how long. However, it was not until transitioning into the wotk force that I became clear about the necessity of rest (nap or 8 hours of sleep). So, in turn I never deny myself a moment to adhere to that sleepy sensation because here's what I know about what happens to the body if you don't how sleep.
Reduced brain function | Headaches, Irriability - Brain rremoves waste & plaque during sleep.
High anxiety levels | Raises brain's anticipatory reactions & reduces stress response.
Weight gain | Sleep balances hormones that make you feel hungry or full. Elevates hunger hormone ghrelin.
Weakend Immunity | Weakens body's immune response.
Mood Imbalances | Lack of sleep disrupts neurotransmitters in the brain that regulates mood.
Increased Heart Disease | Blood pressure lowers during sleep. Increased stress raises blood pressure.
Increased Risk of diabetes | Lack of sleep increases cortisol & nonepinephrine - both associated with insulin resistance.
Poor coordination | Reduces balance & increases risk of accidents.
Statistically, 70% of the population experience sleep deprivation. It is estimated that sleep-related problems affects 50 to 70 million people of all ages and socioeconomic classes. Children's MD organization report that 85% teens 14 - 15 years of age get less than the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night. Recently, I have purchased IKEA' ergonomic pillows to see if there is a difference in the quality of my slumber andd/or do i awake feeling for more refreshed. I haven't made my final assessment just yet. I plan to also the pillow in my upcoming YoGA Live on IG. I will definitely being sharing more about that soon. In the interim, pencil time for bed, leave the cellphone charging in another room and remove the TV. I will soon provide a post on 21 ways to induce sleep. Sweet Dreams!!