The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

2. “Tuck Me In: Relaxing Yourself to Sleep” by Martha Ringer Martha Ringer, a productivity consultant, created this soothing eight-minute meditation to recapture the feeling of comfort and safety we felt as children being tucked in to bed. Available for $0.99 on Amazon.?com, Google Play, and iTunes.

5. “Dying Each Day” Meditation by John-Roger Invoking the traditional biblical idea that we are born and die each day, spiritual teacher John-Roger’s “Dying Each Day” meditation guides you in finding stillness at the end of the day by letting go of your attachments. As you surrender your challenges and worries, you’ll experience an expanded sense of peace and love—and deeper sleep. Free download available from the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness online store. Go to bit.?ly/?dying?eachd?aymed?itati?on and use promo code 4HUFF1.

6. “Body Balance” Meditation by John-Roger In this meditation, John-Roger guides you to release any tensions, pains, or stuck energy from the day through an exercise in progressive relaxation. Once your body is relaxed, you’ll imagine yourself being transformed by a healing white light, which will help you drift off to sleep. Free download available from the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness online store. Go to bit.?ly/?bodyb?alanc?emed?itati?on and use promo code 4MS1A8.

According to Steven Pressfield, the author of Turning Pro, when we turn pro, things become much simpler. “It changes what time we get up and it changes what time we go to bed,” he writes. “It changes what we do and what we don’t do. It changes the activities we engage in and with what attitude we engage in them. It changes what we read and what we eat. It changes the shape of our bodies. When we were amateurs, our life was about drama, about denial, and about distraction. Our days were simultaneously full to the bursting point and achingly, heartbreakingly empty.

because an infant is born with only 25 percent of its adult brain volume, “its physiological systems are unable to function optimally without contact with the mother’s body, which continues to regulate the baby much like it did during gestation.” McKenna

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.

Darkness, within the intimate confines of a bed, leveled social distinctions despite differences in gender and status. Most individuals did not readily fall asleep but conversed freely. In the absence of light, bedmates coveted that hour when, frequently, formality and etiquette perished by the bedside.” Further

It’s also our collective delusion that overwork and burnout are the price we must pay in order to succeed.

Like dropping through a hole in everything that the world said was important….Like discovering that nothing else mattered and all I needed was now….Temporarily removed from the game….Like floating weightless on the Dead Sea and looking up at an empty sky.

Montaigne: “To practice death is to practice freedom.71 A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.” Being a slave to our job and our status in the world makes it much harder to put our day behind us and surrender to sleep.

People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills, when it is possible for you to retreat into yourself any time you want. There

The evidence is all around us. For instance, do you know what happens if you type the words “why am I” into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google’s autocomplete function—based on the most common searches—helpfully offers to finish your thought. The first suggestion: “why am I so tired?” The global zeitgeist perfectly captured in five words. The existential cry of the modern age. And

The growing number of students who have not only identified the problem of sleep deprivation but are actively taking part in its solution is a key driver of the sleep revolution. This

These two threads that run through our life—one pulling us into the world to achieve and make things happen, the other pulling us back from the world to nourish and replenish ourselves—can seem at odds, but in fact they reinforce each other.

The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.

Those who do contemplative retreats in hermitages are far from doing nothing, since they are constantly engaged in training their minds, but there is no ‘noise,’ no ‘waste’ to eliminate, no stress to cure, no chaos to reorganize. This means that there is less to repair during sleep and the sleep quality of meditators is deeper.

When we feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for us to get everything done, when we wish for more time,” wrote sociologist Christine Carter, “we don’t actually need more time. We need more stillness.

When we shrink our whole reality down to pending projects, when our life becomes our endless to-do list, it's difficult to put them aside each night and let ourselves fall asleep and connect with something deeper.