Restoring Your Relationship to Sleep

The decimation of sleep throughout industrialized nations is having a catastrophic impact on our health, our wellness, even the safety and education of our children. It’s a silent sleep loss epidemic. It’s fast becoming one of the greatest challenges we face in the 21st century,
— Matthew Walker, neuroscientist and expert in sleep at UC Berkeley.

According to Matthew Walker, your lack of sleep is killing you.

The world is beginning to wake up to the ideas that Rudolf Steiner talked about over one hundred years ago. Sleep is not simply a time to stop moving, but a vital activity in the spirit of the human being.

I traveled home last week to visit family, and could see the bounty of spring in the roadside wildflowers of Central Texas. Spring has come to Wyoming, but we have one last frost before Mother Nature springs fully to life again.

In this new season of active life, we need to remember that sleep is where we connect to rediscover our own divine seed. The gift we were born with that needs no decoration, only awareness and care. It was Steiner who showed us that to connect with your divine genius and share it in your earthly endeavors, you first need to have a healthy relationship to sleep.

In my travels, I find meditation before sleep to be essential to my well-being and rejuvenation. If I skip this step, I start the day with much less clarity.

It is our duty to protect and nurture our sleep life, for that is where we connect to the stream that fuels our work here on earth.

This week, we are sharing some of our favorite books on the fascinating topic of sleep.