“And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion and in the morning wake like a new-bigstockphoto_Boy_Sleep_305366opened flower, then I have been dipped again in God — and new-created.”  D.H. Lawrence

Z is for z-z-z-z-z-z. Snoozing, crashing out, dropping off, zoning out.  Shut eye. Kip. Forty winks. Siestas and power naps.

The land of nod — where we go, at least once a day, away from the demands of outer worlds into the vast caverns of our inner reality.

Those who operate from an intellectual understanding of life tend to view sleep as downtime, disconnected from the business of real living —  Edgar Allan Poe’s “little slices of death”.  But recent research is confirming the importance of sleep to our creative capabilities, in particular REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the period while we are in deep dreaming.

The conclusion is simple. If you want to make great things, begin getting more REM sleep.

How? Essentially, by sleeping longer.  REM sleep tends to begin approximately 90 minutes into the sleep cycle, after which we typically experience a period every 60-90 minutes.

The first REM period is only about five minutes long — but the duration increases as the sleep goes on, with the fourth or fifth period lasting up to an hour.

So if you sleep for more than seven hours, you get a great deal more REM sleep than if you only sleep six hours or fewer.

Goodnight!

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