Sleep is a big factor if you want to be a happy person. Sleep is needed for the body to be able to function properly. When you don’t get enough sleep you might be moody, have an inability to think clearly, and very unhappy.
You might get 8 hours of sleep but you think that you get enough hours of sleep. You may be oversleeping or even be sleeping the wrong way. Some people don’t get a good night’s rest with a pillow while others need a very fluffy pillow. Your mattress could play into a bad night of sleep also.
Sleep is a big factor and lack of sleep can cause problems with your health also. Ensuring total well being requires a good night sleep.
If you are not sleeping well and you have determined the lack of sleep plays into how miserable you are throughout the days you need to fix this. You might need to change your daily schedule so you can get to bed earlier. You also might need to encourage other people in your household to help you a little bit more if you are working too hard.
Sleep can be the entire reason you are miserable. If you have the inability to get to sleep and you toss around all night long staring at the alarm clock this could mean many different things. Some people are very depressed and it causes them not to be able to sleep well. To ensure happiness you need to get a good night of sleep.
Mulla Nasruddin Jokes:
After the speech Mulla Nasruddin shook hands with the speaker and said he never had a more enjoyable evening.
“You found my remarks interesting, I trust,” said the speaker.
“NOT EXACTLY,” said Nasrudin, “BUT YOU DID CURE MY INSOMNIA.”
Here is the solution for those who have problems with sleeping:
“You will not believe how closely, how deeply, we are connected to sleep. How a person will live his life depends totally on how he sleeps. If he does not sleep well, his entire life will be a chaos; all his relationships will become entangled, everything will become poisonous, filled with rage. If, on the contrary, a person sleeps, there will be freshness in his life–peace and joy will continuously flow in his life. Underlying his relationships, his love, everything else, there will be serenity.
When you are just falling into sleep at night, just ready to fall into sleep, go backwards through the memories of the whole day–backwards. Do not start from the morning. Start right from where you are, just on the bed–the last item, and then go back. Then go back by and by, step by step, just to the first experience in the morning when you first became awake. Go back, and remember continuously that you are not getting involved.
For example, in the afternoon someone insulted you. See yourself, the form of yourself, being insulted by someone–but you remain just an observer. Do not get involved; do not get angry again. If you get angry again, then you are identified. Then you have missed the point of meditation. Do not get angry. He is not insulting you, he is insulting the form that was in the afternoon. That form has gone now.
You are just like a river flowing; the forms are flowing. In childhood you had one form, now you do not have that form. That form has gone. River-like, you are changing continuously. So when in the night you are meditating backwards on the happenings of the day, just remember that you are a witness; do not get angry. Someone was praising you; do not get elated. Just look at the whole thing as if you are looking indifferently at a film. And backwards is very helpful–particularly for those who have any trouble with sleep.
If you have trouble with sleep, insomnia, sleeplessness, if you find it difficult to fall into sleep, this will help deeply. Why? Because this is an unwinding of the mind. When you go back, you are unwinding the mind. In the morning you start winding, and the mind becomes tangled in many things, in many places. Unfinished and incomplete, many things will remain on the mind, and there is no time to let them settle at the very moment that they happen.
So in the night go back. This is an unwinding process. And when you will be getting back to the morning when you were just on your bed, to the first thing in the morning, you will again have the same fresh mind that you had in the morning. And then you can fall asleep like a very small child.”