The past week has been jam packed with a lot of learning for me. Talk about transformation!
Between completing the first 7 days of Emily Bennington’s Ready to Lead: Mindful Wisdom @ Work course and attending a 13 hour Oneness Deeksha certification course on Saturday (yay, I’m an official giver of Oneness Blessings!), my brain feels like it’s going to explode.
And because of all this new information, I’m tired.
My guess is, if you’re reading this, you’re super busy like me.
Packing your schedule full of opportunities to grow and do more.
You can probably relate to my eagerness to soak up every bit of new information that is fascinating to my spiritually-hungry mind.
So, you’re probably exhausted like I am, from all this doing, learning and growing, right?
One of my favorite books on the topics of neuroscience, leadership and communication is Quiet Leadership by David Rock.
He provides some great insight for why we feel so gosh darn pooped after learning:
Rock says that insight requires people create new mental models and maps. This activity may require an enormous amount of energy. The energy is used to compare, associate, contrast and match new ideas with existing mental models that govern behavior.
With so much energy being used to make new connections in our brains – an “enormous” amount, according to Rock – it’s no wonder we crash, comfy on the couch or sleep a few more hours.
We need time to process.
Time to be with the new information.
Time to organize it in a place that makes sense for us and our future use of the new nuggets of knowledge.
And, it’s all OKAY. No, it’s BETTER than okay. It’s necessary.
I call this COCOONING – the 5th Stage in my 7 Stages of Legit Love Transformation.
I used to beat myself up frequently for needing extra sleep – and I still do every once in a while.
I thought it meant I was lazy. Useless. Boring. I was missing out on life by sleeping through it!
Of course, none of these are true.
As a natural doer, it was just hard for me to see the benefits of resting.
So many times as women, isn’t this the case?
We’ve been so conditioned to go-go-go, do-do-do, that the moment we allow ourselves to let go, rest and relax, our fears of not being good enough rise to the surface.
The truth is, that when we don’t rest and cocoon, all that work to better ourselves, to learn more and grow – whether it’s dollars invested in a seminar or time invested eating-up the pages of an interesting self-help book – can be for nothing, or at least for less than we had intended when we set-out with our transformational attempt.
I like how Russell Foster, a circadian neurologist supports our need for cocooning after learning. He says in his TEDGlobal 2013 talk, “Why do we sleep?:”
Studies show that if you prevent people from sleeping after a learning task, their ability to learn is basically smashed. And worse, our abilities to come up with novel solutions after a complex task are reduced after sleep deprivation.
My intention is, that by understanding the basic benefits that occur in our brains when we rest after absorbing new knowledge, you’ll move from associating your need for sleep with being boring, lazy, useless or whatever else that crazy mind of ours likes to try and make us believe, to a place of gratitude for all the productive reasoning your mind is doing to help you make sense of this complex, beautiful life of yours.
Confused and tired? Nap, my love, and you’ll wake up and KNOW! #sleepevangelist (Tweet this!)
Don’t know what Sleep Evangelist means? Check out Arianna Huffington’s newest book Thrive. It’s AMAZING. A future blog post on this book, for sure!
And with that, I’m finishing off the last of my green juice and taking another nap 🙂 Join me?
Do you experience any hesitation when considering a nap?
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