Each of My Core Values has a subtitle that describes a litmus test by which I can determine success or failure in that area of life. For this one, it is:
wake up naturally.
This core value is the one that I waffle on the most. Some days I am certain that it is admirable to pursue, others I’m not as certain. But it still stands here, because more often than not, I think it is admirable. Sleep is a natural gift that gives back to its user. So many people underestimate the value and effect that sleep has on them; I don’t want to be among that number.
I notice that as I sleep more, I am more aware. I tend to be less grumpy, less unsocial, more productive due to being well rested. Sometimes, I fear that I “spoil” myself by giving too much gratification to my body when I sleep – that’s where the waffling comes in. Today though, I am convinced that sleep is a good and healthy part of a peaceful, satisfying life. As such it deserves the place it has in my Core Values list.