How often do you travel, or go on vacation, only to find that, when it comes to sleeping arrangements, things rarely go as planned? Perhaps you take a cross-country flight, or even an intercontinental trip, arriving at a remote destination in the middle of the night, when you want it to be daytime, or vice versa.
You may stay in the best hotel, yet find unwanted traffic pushes its way right through the windows and wallpaper. Perhaps you need a special type of pillow to go to sleep and you couldn’t travel with it. You feel embarrassed to go downstairs to reception and ask for help.
Treat Your Body with Loving Care
You may be keenly aware of all the basics:
Make the Situation Work for You
You may also tamper with the environmental factors in your room:
Here is a video on how melatonin works and how to take it…
All of these are prudent policies, but what if they just don’t do the job? You may find it very hard to catch even a wink, or you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, utterly disinclined to fall back to sleep. You can’t see a reason why your body is fighting with you, not giving you a chance to recover from the previous day.
Why not see the temporary insomnia as a precious gift, an opportunity to awaken to another dimension and experience inner peace? What is the whole point of sleep apart from recharging our bodies? Is it not a chance to open up and let go, to restructure our thoughts and perspective on the world, on who we really are and what this is all about?
Going to sleep, awakening and rising is a little like death and resurrection. We keep rehearsing the ultimate experience, which throws our whole life in question, absorbing the implications in bite-sized chunks every morning and evening. Jesus Christ saw the people in His life that had just died as having simply falling asleep. Although they were no longer moving about, they were still present in a fundamental way.
Sleep researchers inform us that we actually drift off, going from dream state to deep sleep, and then back out several times a night. Very few people sleep like a baby every time. Especially in our 24x7, always-on society, sleep must be seen as a continual ebb and flow, bathing us in renewed energy.
In addition, if we are open to the inner dimension in our lives, we often get our best guidance, inspiration, and even divine messages in the early hours of the night. People who are comfortable with the Bible, or other Sacred Scripture, such as the Quran or Gita, can combine this with prayer and meditation to actually commune with the transcendent. Some people receive major revelations this way, as did Neale Donald Walsch before writing his best-selling Conversations with God.
Some people keep journals where they list all the things to be thankful for, or learnings from events of the day, or even record their dreams for further analysis. They find they can always turn within day or night to receive empowerment.
Very often Higher Power is prompting us to let go of our attachment to things turning out a certain way, or even trying to do everything ourselves without letting other people in.
Perhaps the greatest blessing that can come is to open up to the possibility that God is Love, and is present for you in every situation. By opening up to the sacred presence, you will discover your own peace within, divinity, and your potential to take it out to the “real world” the next day.
Observe your sleep as if you are a third-party. You will often find that when you go with the sleeplessness and stop trying to resist it, sleep will finally overcome you.
Observe and go with the flow. Do not resist or try to force your body to go to sleep. Surrender. Surrender to the moment… without getting frustrated and trapping yourself inside this carousel of negative energy and thought pattern. In a way, don’t stoke (feed) the fire.
Create inner peace, and you will find yourself dreaming, and even going into deep sleep. Be open to the fact that you will not sleep much.
Upon getting up in the morning, even if you really slept only an hour or two, you may find that with a hearty cup of coffee and a brisk walk, the day’s events carry you through. A 20-minute nap can do wonders.
Also, keep in mind that nothing happens by accident. There is a hidden purpose to everything we experience, no matter how inconvenient it might seem at the time. Your body might be letting you know that there are some other… deeper issues you need to examine, like your stress, exhaustion or even depression.
Pay close attention, dig deeper to find the main cause and help your body to heal itself.