Lucy and Desi had them – twin beds that is!  In the early days of television, married couples were never shown getting into the same comfy king or queen-sized bed, with or without hand controls.  Once considered the norm, we now refer to “unconscious uncoupling” – as a sign of the times manifested by double master bedrooms, separate bedrooms, or alternative arrangements.

Is a lack of sleep a badge of honor? Complaints about a lack of sleep seem to permeate my social media as well as face-to-face discussions. Is everyone just sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Listen to your body! Our bodies have been telling us for years that we are sleep-deprived, dehydrated, and compromised.

Sleep deficits contribute to poor health, chronic disease, and more. We are sleepless, not just in Seattle but across the country and around the world. Sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health. Sleep disorders can also increase a person’s risk of health problems. However, these disorders can be diagnosed and treated, bringing relief to those who suffer from them. Insufficient sleep refers to the quality as well as the quantity of sleep.

If you do not make conscious choices about your habits for nourishing and restoring yourself, chances are you may not be getting the quality and quantity of sleep you need. Any choice that gives you less than what is for your greatest good is a choice that is going to deplete your storehouse of energy reserves and health; tax all the functions, organs, and cells of your body; and gradually impair your well-being. Sleep is one of the most significant factors in achieving mental and physical well-being.

For every living organism, in twin, queen, or king-sized beds, there is a sleep cycle. A healthy day follows a natural cycle that allows the body to be rested. When you rest, you should be completely relaxed.

Marlo Thomas quoted her dad on sleep; “My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

Do you awaken with a spring in your step, ready to face the day with joy? Or, do you awaken to the sound of an alarm that triggers anxiety because of a deficit in your sleep cycle?

We spend one-third of our lives in bed, yet we are sleep-deprived. We need to recharge our batteries,  and the best way to make that happen is to ensure a decent night’s sleep. Every living being must sleep, at one time or another.

Go to sleep already!  What do you mean, you have problems falling asleep? With the numbers of bells, whistles and gadgets on the market, I find that hard to believe.