Can't Sleep

The Impossible Dream

The truly impossible dream is the one you can’t dream because you just can’t sleep!

Now, normally I’m quite the know-it-all… and I like that. I like being really proficient in most any subject. But this one? This is one I’d rather not know so much about.

If you’re a good sleeper, you may take this critical human function for granted but for those of you who find getting a good night’s sleep an eternal quest, I feel your pain.

But I’m here to give you hope!

Healing from cancer demands that we do a much better job in many areas of our life and sleep is one of those areas. I knew that I had to do a much better job at it so I set out to figure out how.

There are several tips, tools and techniques that I’ve found over the years while creating my system for sleeping so I can enjoy the rest I need for optimal wellness (physical and mental).

I wish I could say that there’s a tried and true routine that will work magically forever and ever, amen.

But in my experience, and in my body, this is not the case. For me, it requires having several tools in my toolbox and rotating them as needed.

In our society, functioning on very little sleep has been worn as a badge of honor for far too long and our health has suffered as a result.

People brag that they only need 3-4 hours sleep per night. I remember hearing Martha Stewart say she slept an average of 4 hours per night and that made me feel pretty special because that’s about where I was. (Woo hoo, call me Martha!)

Martha later said that she’d been perpetually sleep deprived for years and it took its toll. (Why yes, Martha… I’m still tracking with ya!)

Nowadays, I’m mostly reformed. Although there are still more restless nights than I’d like, they come along far less often than they used to. Most nights, I’m able to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer.

There are several tips, tools and techniques that I’ve found to create my system for sleeping so I can enjoy the rest I need for optimal wellness (physical and mental). One of the things I always do is have a great sleep “cocktail” in my diffuser by my bed to prime my environment for rest. Most nights it is a Lavender and Cedarwood blend but some nights I add in oils or change it up to support whatever area I feel is in need of some TLC (in this case, that means Therapeutic Love and Care).

Lyrics

The Impossible Dream

Lyrics by Joe Darion
Music by Mitch Leigh

To dream the impossible dream,
to fight the unbeatable foe,
to bear with unbearable sorrow,
to run where the brave dare not go.

To right the unrightable wrong,
to love pure and chaste from afar,
to try when your arms are too weary,
to reach the unreachable star.

This is my quest,
to follow that star —
no matter how hopeless,
no matter how far.

To fight for the right
without question or pause,
to be willing to march into hell for a
heavenly cause.

And I know if I’ll only be true to this
glorious quest
that my heart will be peaceful and calm
when I’m laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
that one man scorned and covered with scars
still strove with his last ounce of courage.
To reach the unreachable stars.

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