S – Sleep your way to success … A different take! #AtoZ Challenge

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When you hear “sleep your way to success”, it would be normal to think of the disparaging remarks that have been made about many women who purportedly exchanged sexual favors for promotions… Yet, this article isn’t about that!
It’s literally about SLEEP!
I suffered with chronic shingles for ten years, a number of years ago, and one of the culprits of the recurring episodes? Not getting enough sleep and rest.
I was trying to do it all and ended up not being able to do anything for long stretches of time! This was a mostly misunderstood illness, which led to overachieving church friends and family telling me I just needed to pull myself together, pull up my bootstraps and get on with my life.
Until I gave myself permission to take care of myself by eating healthy foods, getting reasonable amounts of exercise and yes, getting enough sleep, I continued to live with the viscous cycles of relapse after relapse.
Let me tell you, the pain wasn’t the only difficulty I faced with it… Literally! The shingles were on my lower face, nasty oozing sores. People turned away from me, they couldn’t stand to look at me. As a single mom I still had to go out to work. It was a very tough time in my life.
I just read an article Richard Branson wrote about sleep, how his company is helping people to get quality sleep. He was inspired by his good friend Adrianna Huffington, who has written a book about sleep.
In our hustle and bustle, in our busy lives,the negative effects of sleep deprivation are becoming more and more apparent in many people’s lives.

Hope this helps you to look at your own sleep patterns to finally give yourself permission to take care of yourself!

Peace and thanks,



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Complete list from the 2016 A to Z Challenge:

A is for Art for Animals by Artfully Framed

B – Blue Ocean Thinking? What’s that?

C – Compass… Or more specifically, a Moral Compass!

D – Divide and Conquer… The Start of Racism

E – Endorsements… What DO we stand for?

F – Focus on our THOUGHTS and bridge the GAP between Religion and Non-Religion.

G – Gym memberships… No time? No money? No problem!

H – Healing + Art = Awesomeness!

I – Inspiration!

J – Joint Pain, Arthritis and RA… My Personal Tips!

K – Kindness!

L – Laughter, It’s About a Sense of Humor!

M- More Than Milk and Honey for Anxiety!

N – Note Writing and Making To-Do Lists… Here’s a NEW trick!

O – Overbooking Ourselves, and Kicking ourselves After!

P – The Power of Positive Words!

Q – Questioning our Life’s Missions!

R – Re-Blogging… Here’s a few of my favorites!

S – Sleep your way to success … A different take!

T – This Productivity Trick Will Make Your Snooze Button a Thing of the Past!

U – Understanding Strange Dreams!

V – Vocational Training for Free!

W – What CAN happen when someone doesn’t like us for no apparent reason!

X – XXX’ed Out! Mistakes and blame.

Y – You’re wrong about that!

Z – Zero Dollars!

#AtoZ Challenge


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