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Unwrapping the  gift of sleep for the holidays: Sleep-Compassion Cycle

Unwrapping the gift of sleep for the holidays: Sleep-Compassion Cycle

 

During the holidays season, as the mass of family time increases, and the regular day-to-day frameworks experience changes - emotional range may differ and play a more dominant role in our life. It got me thinking about the different ways to experience such changes. While I’m sure some find it exciting in a positive way, some people struggle and try to find their balance once again.

It’s time to say: the quality of sleep affects our emotional range through countless factors. From cognitive abilities, through social skills implementation, all the way to our hormonal balances and the sharpness of our senses. Almost needless to say that either you’re a holiday season fan or you’d rather skip right to January, you should put an effort in your sleep, and choose to take care of its quality.

Not so trivially, the quality of our sleep has such an impact over a wide spectrum of physiological factors, that in the end, it actually impacts our ability to feel. Feeling love, the ability to be compassionate towards someone else, the chance to empathize with another, all initiate within these moments of truly restful sleep. 

Research suggests that when well-rested, our brains function optimally, allowing us to better navigate, regulate and balance our emotions. Lack of sleep, on the other hand, has been linked to increased irritability, decreased patience, and a diminished capacity for empathy, qualities that are pivotal during the season of giving.

As the holiday festivities get closer, we encourage you to consider the gift of sleep as a means to enhance your ability to connect with others on a whole deeper level. A well-rested mind has a better starting point for understanding the needs and emotions of loved ones, fostering an environment of compassion and love.

This Christmas, prioritize your sleep as a form of self-care and as a way to enhance your capacity for kindness. By choosing the gift of rest, you'll not only benefit your own well-being but also contribute to a more compassionate and loving holiday season for your surrounding dear ones.

 

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