A condition body and mind such as that which typically recurs of several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscle relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.
I like to sleep.
I try to get at least six hours of sleep a night.
I take a nap every afternoon of at least an hour.
I rarely have difficulty falling asleep.
I usually fall asleep within five minutes of going to bed.
To me sleeping is an escape from the turmoil of the consciousness.
During the past 2 1/2 months of my leg injury discomfort, sleep was my only escape from the pain of a swollen foot and leg.
Sleep is an escape from pain, whether physical of mental.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about sleep.
Two people I knew well died this year. I wonder if their state of mind is the same as mine when I am sleeping. If it is, then how bad can death be? Death may truly be Eternal Rest.
No more pain. No more worries. No nothing.
Not that I'm endorsing death nor anxious for my death but one has to admit that when you're gone, you're gone. There's nothing. You're not hurting anymore. The only people hurting are those who care for you. For them there is pain and loss. You feel nothing.
Every night I look forward to going to sleep. This is one of my special pleasures. I think of all those years that I did not or could not have a pleasant night's sleep. The years I had to share a bed with my uncle. The years I had to share a bed with my two younger brothers. The years I was in the Army and had to share my "bedroom" with sixty other men. All the years I had to get up early to go to work.
For many years I worked towards the goal of having the perfect bedroom. The most comfortable bed. And to get up when I want to (well sort of anyway, if I sleep too late Bill comes in and wants to know what's the matter).
But basically folks, I'm at a good time of my life when I can go to bed when I want, sleep undisturbed during the night and get up when I want. I can escape into the nothingness of unconsciousness.
So where am I going with the post folks? Sometimes I don't even know but one thing I do know. I like to sleep and I believe that when you die it's just like sleeping. Nothing.
Sleeping, one of my favorite activities.
But in the meantime, I plan to make the maximum use of my waking hours. I'm not done living yet folks. I have a long way to go. Stay with me for the ride of my life. The best is yet to come.