“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”   ~John Steinbeck

“The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.”   ~Jeff Iliff

After watching the TED talk, “One more reason to get a good night’s sleep“, and literally fighting to stay awake due to jet lag, my mind accomplished some amazing things. I woke early, (still), but my thoughts had attached to solutions which I could not see the day before.

I have this experience often, some of my best ideas are coming to me in a morning shower. But, to know why it is happening, and to really elevate the role of sleep to the higher purpose it must serve, is a comforting thought.

I have always believed a night of slumber was a cure-all, but something is always disrupting that. With best intentions, my bedtime slips out and my wake up time remains fixed. Every time I come home from Europe, I can easily go to bed early and rise early. I have these precious moments to myself, when my mind is really fresh. Yet, as the days pass, my jet lag fades along with my resolution to keep a new schedule.

Maybe this time will be different. I just love the quiet hum of the house. The first cup of coffee as I start my mind working on my priorities.

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