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Sleep, Dreams and Living Along

Blessings of good sleep

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting. [Mark Twain]

Sleeping is usually far from time wasted. [With Mike Wilson]

Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.

[Samuel T. Coleridge]

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day. [Friedrich Nietzsche]

There is more refreshment in a little nap than in a lot of alcohol. [Cf. Edward Lucas]

A good laugh and a long sleep preserve health. [TK]

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation. [Unknown]

Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. [Thomas Dekker]

What sort of civilization starts each day to the sound of alarm clocks?

A fine bridge between despair and hope is a good night's sleep. [Cf. Joseph Cossman]

That I'm not asleep doesn't mean I'm well awake.

Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. [Fran Lebowitz]

To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep. [Joan Klempner]

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. [Homer]

Sound sleep in the art of living

When coming to meet others, one had better minimize the destruction and quench any endearing little forest fire so that things seldom or never get out of hand.

When coming to meet others, one has to face these difficulties. It is still possible to keep an enthusiastic mind without malice in facing this and that and other persons - some with seemingly good messages and some that invite others to cling to them, and so on.

In order to preserve sanity, quite a lot of sleep is needed, although how much sleep is needed differs from person to person. Some are short sleepers, others are long sleepers. Besides, some are owls and others larks. But much sleep deprivation for long can make a person insane.

Sound sleep is marked by repeated cycles of dreaming (during REM sleep phases) that may seem ridiculous at first, but see if there is not any deeper instruction embedded in some of them before you dismiss all dreams as nonsense. Often dreams indicate counter-balances. Carl G. Jung developed ways of understanding one's dreams, and Edgar Cayce did too.

Something essentially similar goes for very many figurative instructions, including some handed over from antiquity, or centuries ago. They often serve us if we ponder them too.

Many old and good traditions embody instructions on how to live and do things. If we manage our lives well, there will be less need for nightly correction work through dreams, so it is good to learn to manage one's use of time and other sides to one's own or family living too. Tony Buzan has developed cognitive means for using mind maps to forge ahead as individuals of a group, for example of a family.

[More on sleep]


Quips, Sayings and Outlooks, Literature  

Dsi: Hobson, J. Allan. Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction. Paperback. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Hgs: Epstein, Lawrence, and Steven Mardon. The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep. Columbus, OH: McGraw-Hill Contemporary, 2007. ✩

Mmb: Buzan, Tony. Mind Maps for Business: Revolutionise Your Business Thinking and Practise. Harlow: BBC Active / Pearson Educational, 2010.

Sjs: Horne, Jim. Sleepfaring: A Journey through the Science of Sleep. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. ✩

Tdt: Green, Wendy. 50 Things You Can Do Today to Manage Insomnia. Paperback. Chichester: Summersdale, 2009.

✩ behind an entry = "It may be recommended to some, perhaps" - but as a suggestion only, since people, their needs and so on are so different.

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