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Sleep & Dreams: The Actual Pursuit of Happiness

April 3, 2007

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.

~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

I’ve always wondered what is it that makes us go into this deep slumber… why do we not stay awake and do all the things that we want to do without stopping? Why do we have to get tired and go to bed?

H.W. Longfellow once said “Sleep… Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death”. It is as if we are reducing our time before we go into the ultimate slumber. We have lots to do…

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
(~Robert Frost)

So, the question, Why do we have to sleep?

If this question is asked to the scientists they would say…”We have to sleep because it is essential to maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory, innovative and flexible thinking. In other words, sleep plays a significant role in brain development.” (Read more here)

Ok, Period… but still… what do you say when the greatest people don’t sleep much. When the scientists don’t sleep, they come up with new inventions… if a poet cannot sleep he comes up with great poems… when a discoverer keeps looking for something he discovers amazing stuff… when a diplomat doesn’t sleep he makes new policies which is for the betterment of the country… when a student stays up late to study, he/she gets very good grades in exams…

So, why all this memory, cognitive skill crap?!

Scientists do study with a sample group of people. Do they ever think that they have done this study while not being able to catch any sleep for themselves?

Why is that we have to sleep when we can actually make good use of the time we get to fulfill our dreams?

Ha!! There you are… DREAMS… how can we dream without sleeping? Yes, that’s why we need sleep. To dream. All those scientists, politicians, discoverers, diplomats, students wouldn’t have achieved all that if they hadn’t dreamed of achieving them.

So, in this context many have tried to explain … like the Dalai Lama who says “Sleep is the best meditation.” Although meditation and dreaming are 2 absolutely different things, but both make us feel happy about ourselves and also make us feel like taking on the world with a new zeal.

Contemporary life can be boring. But when mixed with some condiments of dreams and shaken with a spoon of encouragement can bring about the happiness that we always try to pursue.

So, guys, do sleep well and keep dreaming as Edgar Caycehas rightly said… “Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”

So, since “Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud.” (~Grey Livingstone) and go on … go to that inner sanctum of slumber!!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2007 7:20 PM

    wow… u weaved 3 different perspectives together in one short post… and too without inducing sleep 😉

  2. crankywriter permalink*
    April 4, 2007 1:00 AM

    thanx… i had all the 3 perspectives circling in my mind… i just bloated them out in a small area!! 😀

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