Sleep nourishes health, happiness, creativity, and productivity. When we don't get enough sleep, our bodies and minds quickly suffer.
Unfortunately, most parents are chronically sleep deprived. This issue of the Parent Co. Magazine is partly dedicated to helping parents sleep better. But it's also dedicated to the creative aspect of sleep.
I'm not just talking about dreams - I'm talking about the synthesis of memories and emotions that occupy our brains when our conscious minds are at rest.
"There is something that's going on in a very structured manner during rest and during sleep," says Stanford neurologist Dr. Josef Parvizi in an interview with NPR. That's why our brains consume enormous amounts of energy, even in our deepest slumber.
The Dalai Lama says that "Sleep is the best meditation." Indeed, I believe that our minds are most creative when we sleep.
Here's to deeper, more creative sleep in your life.