(30 second read about what makes for the best sleep)
As a little kid, I grew up in an incredible house with every amenity in the world available to me, but for some reason, I never slept well. Then I joined the Army and I can honestly say that the nights that I slept under crappy military conditions was some of the best sleep of my entire life. How could that be? Somehow, the nights I slept in a sleeping bag, on a rock-hard cot or in the back of a helicopter in the freezing mountains of Eastern Europe, had me sleeping like a baby.
It didn’t make sense to me for the longest time but then it hit me. To start, the United States Army did it right with their sleeping bag contractors, so that helped. But more importantly, I have come to learn that the best nights sleep comes with peace of mind and a full heart. I firmly believe that the reason I slept so well under crappy conditions during my time in the Army was because I fell asleep knowing I was a United States soldier and living my childhood dream.
Falling asleep knowing that you will wake up the next day living the life you want to live is the ultimate sleep aid. Knowing that you will be surrounded with people who make you smile, doing what you love, makes sleeping peacefully so much easier. It may sound cliche, and it may seem more complicated than that, and I’m sure it is, but the reality is, the more at peace you are with who you are how how you live, the easier restful sleep becomes.
Now living in chronic pain, sleeping can be tough for me but I find peace and restfulness in knowing that I lived the life I wanted to live today and God-willing, I will wake up tomorrow and do it all over again.
By: Timothy A. Natale
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