Reframe your relationship with sleep, and give your body the rest it needs.
– KEYS SOULCARE
It may be tempting to squeeze every bit of “productivity” that you can from each minute of the day. After all, society has framed moments of pause as the polar opposite of productivity.
But what if we questioned the notion of productivity altogether and made a shift from constantly tackling to-do lists, to carving out time to feed mind, body, and spirit? While that will look different for each of us, there is one essential everyone needs: sleep.
There are a growing number of voices speaking out about the importance of intentionally taking breaks before your breaking point: thought leaders like Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry.
“By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away,” wrote Huffington in her book The Sleep Revolution, which details how her body betrayed her as a result of sleep deprivation.
There are cultural roots to our society’s approach to sleep. Activist, artist, and community healer Tricia Hersey addresses the narrative from the stance of resistance and liberation via her online platform The Nap Ministry. By dissecting the ties between rest and racism, and our country’s complicated history with human capital, sleep is presented as an act of self possession, not indulgence.
“Even when presented with free time, many of you would still not rest. You would push on and find a way to grind and not pause,” Hersey writes. ”The high you get from doing too much is deep-seated. It will be a slow, meticulous process to unravel from this addiction.”
To unpack our individual relationship with the act of sleeping, our perceived worthiness of rest, and moments truly for self, we each have the power to create new habits to get high quality, well-earned naps. This means no longer accepting what gets us by, but striving for that which gives us room to reset, and even dream. If you need a little guidance to get in your perfect nap, we’re loving these simple tips on setting yourself up for sleep success.