Let's talk about falling asleep!
Is it easy for you? Even though I'm always tired, it's not usually very easy for me to fall asleep. We don't have a t.v. in our bedroom, but I still find that I often have trouble winding down after a long day. It's not easy to stop my overactive brain from spinning in a thousand different directions. But, I try each night anyway. What other choice do I have?
Certainly, one way to relax is to use noise to your advantage. Like a normal person, I prefer to fall asleep to stereotypically soothing sounds like thunderstorms, ocean waves, or classical music. I'll also take white noise in a pinch. My husband, on the other hand, finds death metal and the sound of Bill O'Reilly's voice relaxing. (Seriously?! That guy [O'Reilly - not my husband] makes my blood boil.) Like most couples, we also have differing opinions about the ideal temperature for snoozing through the night and the number of layers (sheets, blankets, comforters, etc.) needed for maximum coziness. Marriage, I tell ya. It ain't for the faint of heart.
Regardless, here are a few sleep-related articles to help improve your weekend shuteye:
- Ariana Huffington: The One Thing That Will Make Everything in Your Life Better (Oprah.com)
- How Do Successful People's Sleep Patterns Compare to the Average American? (NPR)
- Study: More Sleep, Sharper Brain (ABC News)
- [Not Your Mama's] Sleepover (CALIWATER blog)
- The Many Different Ways Technology Affects Sleep (The Sleep Judge)
We all have insecurities that we need to let go of. If you are interested in learning how to better cope with shame, I recommend reading Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection. It's a great introduction to the ways in which compassion, courage, and connection can help set you free from the shame trap and lead you into the arena of wholehearted living. I look forward to reading more of Dr. Brown's work; up next: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isnt): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" !
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is one of my all-time favorite books, and - as many of you know - it is a compilation of radio broadcast talks that the author gave on BBC during WWII. Tasked with expounding on the Christian faith and providing hope to his countrymen during an extremely dark time, Lewis delivered a series of 15 minute talks over the course of four years to bring the gospel into living rooms, barracks, and bars all across England. Can you imagine? What a singular and weighty opportunity to be a light in the midst of hell on earth.
To read more about the history behind the talks that made Lewis a household name, click here.
To hear the only surviving recording of these broadcasts, click here.
I am really digging The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel right now. In each episode, Mr. Freeman travels to holy sites around the world to talk with expert historians, theologians, archeologists, and researchers. Together, they explore a single topic (the afterlife, the apocalypse, miracles, etc.) from the viewpoint of many different religions. Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism are featured in the most depth, but viewers will also learn a lot about ancient Egypt, the intersection of science and faith, and just how cool Morgan Freeman still is - even at 78 years old.
Here's the trailer for a little glimpse of what it's all about:
The Story of God airs at 9pm (EST) on Sunday evenings. Tune in!