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30 Days of Rest: Day 5

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According to sleepfoundation.org, “Getting too little sleep creates a ‘sleep debt,’ which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid. We don’t seem to adapt to getting less sleep than we need; while we may get used to a sleep-depriving schedule, our judgment, reaction time, and other functions are still impaired.

The widespread practice of “burning the candle at both ends” in western industrialized societies has created so much sleep deprivation that what is really abnormal sleepiness is now almost the norm.

Without sleep, neurons may become so depleted in energy or so polluted with byproducts of normal cellular activities that they begin to malfunction. Sleep also may give the brain a chance to exercise important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate from lack of activity.”

The purpose of rest is a deep nourishment of physical, mental and spiritual needs.

What is nourishment to you?

The dictionary definition of nourishment is food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition.

At this very moment, I am licking the salt off of my lips after eating a nourishing lunch. My hunger headache is subsiding and energy is re-entering my body. This morning, I had the gift of marinating in nourishing friendships. I was reminded, again, that I am not alone in the uncertainty and pain that come from loving, parenting, and simply being a human.

Yesterday, in a nourishing community, my poetry teacher talked about how we used to make bread. Bread-making was a craft: kneading, rising, kneading, baking, cooling. To have a loaf a bread meant you invested your day, your very self, into creating this pure, dense, and beautiful food. It was a costly act for the maker and a costly purchase for the buyer.

She went on to say that now we can make thousands of loaves of bread in seconds for pennies. She used Wonder Bread as an example of “kitch,” a product that is cheap and manufactured, an imitation of the original.

When I make an honest observation about the changes my family has gone through these past few years, I can see that we had a life filled to the brim with “kitch.” It looked right from the outside, we had what other people said we should have, we even had what other people think they wish they had, but we were not nourished.

30 Days of Rest is about noticing what nourishes you, noticing what does not, and trusting the time it takes to craft a life worth living.