Restful sleep is wonderful. If you can get enough of it.


To sleep the sleep of the dead is to sleep soundly, which is elusive as you grow up and grow older.

Another way of saying to sleep soundly is sleeping like a log.

It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’ve been workin’ like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleepin’ like a log
But when I get home to you
I find the things that you do
Will make me feel alright

-A Hard Day’s Night (Song by The Beatles)



Sleep is essential to every process in the body, affecting our physical and mental functioning the next day, our ability to fight disease and develop immunity, and our metabolism and chronic disease risk. Sleep is truly interdisciplinary because it touches every aspect of health.

Sleep and mental health go hand-in-hand. Good sleep is essential for maintaining our baseline mental health, as one night of sleep deprivation can dramatically affect mood the next day. Chronic exposure to poor sleep quality is associated with depression, anxiety, and other conditions. There are also bidirectional associations—meaning that experiencing anxiety and depression very often affects sleep, which then impacts our ability to cope with the anxiety and depression, and so on.


I enjoy my sleep, that is when I can get it.

When I was a student, getting up for school was bothersome. It meant going to bed early in order to get up early to be fresh for school.

I vowed that when I grew up, I would go to bed late in the night and get up late the next day.I

I grew up and became a school teacher. That led to going to bed late at night but getting up earlier than when I was a student. I was going to school once more.

When the children were born, sleep was elusive. They slept little when babies, and less when they grew up. When they got sick, it meant waking up through the night to tend to them. As parents will tell you, if one child had flu, so will the other children, not together but one after another

And now that I am retired and all my children have their own children, I am aware of how little sleep they get.

As for me, I should be able to get night after night of restful sleep, right? Wrong. I have a cat. Not just any cat but Kitty Snow, who stays awake 11pm to 3am, and who knocks on your door until you get out of bed, go to the front door, and let her out onto the porch.

That’s another story, though.



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