I’m a big proponent of getting enough sleep. Those of you who claim to only need 6 hours (or less!), please just try sleeping for 8, 9, maybe more… Trust me. I know, I know, we’re all so busy these days. But when you’re not exhausted, you’re more efficient. Sleep more, and you won’t need to be awake for 18 hours at a time. I don’t mean to be preachy–I just want to spread the joy of snoozing.
Ironically enough, now that I have the pleasure of regulating my own schedule, the weekends are when I’m more likely to miss out on a nice long night’s sleep. Such was the case this weekend, when late nights and daytime obligations made some afternoon shut eye essential. So when Cambridge Naturals informed me that they would like to sell some of my eye pillows, it felt rather appropriate.
Once upon a time, I didn’t believe in napping. If I was tired, I toughed it out and told myself I’d relish bedtime that much more when it finally arrived. But my internal clock has shifted a bit lately and while I occasionally still hit the hay early(ish), I’ve come to prefer later evenings and would rather miss out on 3-5 pm (is it just me, or is this a sort of blah time of day anyway?) and stay awake for those evenings hours.
But the tricky thing about napping is being able to shut off your mind in the middle of the day, when the world is still whirling around you. I find that an eye pillow does the trick, shutting out my surroundings and giving a little signal to my brain that I can just take it easy. I fill these babies with flax seed and fresh lavender so they have a nice weight and calming scent.
And since one should be prepared to nap anywhere, each one comes with their own little drawstring bag.
Now that I think about it, they look like little sleeping bags.
If you’re not a Bostonian and/or haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Cambridge Naturals, it’s a marvelous little local store, conveniently located near my favorite yoga studio. It’s one of those places that makes you feel healthier the moment you walk in the door: the walls are lined with yoga gear, wholesome local foods, herbal supplements, etc. Those who shop there are wonderfully wellness-minded; in my opinion, the type of fortunate individual who appreciates a good nap