Quality of Sleep and Wakefulness

In this area of listening to the body there is much we can be aware of, from getting a feel and instinct for our Circadian Rhythm, which is our sleep-wake cycle; how much sleep we might actually need in order to feel awake, comfortable and alert during the day – which is different for each person; and the actual strength and depth of our sleep and waking hours, as can be thought of with a mind for the principle that deep rest is the basis of dynamic activity, and dynamic activity is the basis of deep rest.

We may also wish to pay attention to whether we actually rest while we sleep, or whether we simply sleep without actually resting. If we have a big, heavy meal before going to bed, for example, we may spend most, if not all of the energy we are meant to be storing up during sleep to digest that food intake, and never really resting or recharging as a result of that.

And we may even wish to notice whether our sleeping is mentally restful, or whether we are asking it to marshall too many of our waking life thoughts for it to actually get a break. “Gimme me a break, here!”, the mind might be saying.