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Monday, November 29, 2010

Joyful Monday - Sleep

Well better late than never! It's been a busy day but, here is my Joyful Monday post.
I thought about what I did over the weekend in addition to the Thanksgiving festivities at my house and, well. I didn't do much after Thursday. Friday we went to see the new Harry Potter (loved it!) and for the remainder of the weekend I ate, slept, read and knit. I'll most likely be doing a post on each of the aforesaid items as they all bring me much joy but, this week I wanted to focus on sleep.

I never really thought about sleep and needing it until after I had my son. Until that point I would sleep when I was tired, wake up when I wanted and just didn't think about the necessity of sleep. When I was pregnant I think I slept the best I ever have in my life. I would love going to bed so I could dream (weird but, I was able to really control my dreams during pregnancy, it was great!). After I gave birth, sleep went out the window. My son was not colicky but, he did want to be fed in the middle of the night and, I became a very light sleeper. I wake up at the smallest noise and it's very, very difficult for me to get back to sleep.

The rare times I do get a good nights rest I can totally feel the difference the next day. I'm trying to get to bed earlier but, I'm a bit of a night owl and I just can't lay down and go to sleep (I soooo envy the people that can do that! How do they do it?) I need to read or watch a little TV before I can pass out and if I'm reading a good book I'll read until 3am!

I used to be a pre-school teacher and everyday there was nap time. Precious, precious nap time. There is something so innocent about watching babies and children sleep, it's kind of magic. I think grown ups still need nap time.

Sleep is wonderful. It heals our bodies, rejuvenates our spirits and we dream. All of which is necessary to experience joy. I want to take this time to remind my friends out there is blog land that we need our sleep. I read your blogs and I know how busy all of you are getting!

Does sleep bring me joy? I think if we don't get enough sleep  it's impossible to feel joy. And, these days, most everyone does not get enough sleep. The remainder of the holidays are coming fast and we'll all be busy running around, getting tired and not getting enough sleep. The holidays are a very special time and in order to feel the joy they bring we are going to need every ounce of energy we can muster.

To quote the famous holiday song Silent Night, please take the time to "sleep in heavenly peace".

Sweet Dreams,


  1. Hi Joane ... My hubby is like yourself, a light sleeper who cannot get back to sleep if he is awakened. I feel bad about that as although I too am a light sleeper, I easily drift back into dreamland. And speaking of dreams, I have some control over mine too! Sometimes I don't even want to wake up! Here's wishing you a peaceful sleep tonight with sweet dreams! xox

  2. hello!
    great post..I agree...watching a child sleeping is magical.
    I'm a night owl too....every day i say this is the last time i fall asleep at 4 am!
    never happens.
    thank you for this.

  3. Hope you had a most restful day and night. :) I never seem to get enough sleep. Glad you gave the new Harry Potter a thumbs-up! We still haven't seen it yet! Theresa