shutting it down


hello all and happy weekend! we’re deep into saturday and all the plans i had seem to have fallen by the wayside. instead of my usual running to be productive, it’s been a leisurely day of lounging and napping, surfing and dreaming.


i’ve been thinking a lot about sleeping lately, talking about it with friends and reading up on the benefits that happen when we get it and the downside when we don’t, even if it’s our choice. funny how some go with just a few hours a night and others need a full 1/3 day. some try to go without it completely although i can’t imagine why…


do you love to get that deep hard sleep where you feel almost drugged? why is is that we fight it like we’re kids who don’t want to miss anything?


i know for parents it’s got to be an impossible task trying to fit it in between moments of silence. that’s probably when you’re least likely to shut down, when you know you have to!


i’ve been reading a bit about it and found that even resting without actually sleeping helps recharge your batteries when you just can’t turn that running commentary in your brain off. in fact there’s some speculation that the body at rest, with the eyes closed, is still getting the exact same nutrients provided during actual sleep.


even if we can’t seem to shut off our brains, we can get horizontal and decompress. there are lots of ways to induce sleep from aromatherapy to yoga to feng shui to eating certain foods. some tips are below and links at the bottom of the post.


if only it were this easy!



if you know someone who needs a nap, taking the reins for a while can be the greatest gift you can bestow on them since it changes everything from an irritable mood to clarity.


and we need it as much as air air and water to do all we do



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it’s hard to sleep with abandon, let your problems go, but know you have done what you can for today.



trying to sleep organically can prevent feeling tired in the morning and has the added benefit remembering your dreams. that can lead to a whole other life on a parallel plane!


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i’m a firm believer in power naps but there are sure fire trips to get it all at once. one way is to start going to bed a little earlier each night and turn off your electronics for at least 15 minutes before shutting your eyes.


also unplugging all the things in your bedroom with wires, LED lights either blinking or steady…basically unplugging all electromagnetic frequencies so you can sleep uninterrupted








would you be a different person with more sleep?

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maybe we’d be a little happier or peppier?


free to conquer the waking and sleeping worlds


even if you’re up from 8 to 8 it’s a long time to be vertical with no rest, it may have to be a conscious decision to shut life down.


sleep is a sure way to wake with a fresh mind and clean slate every single day no matter what happened the day before.


well i hope you have a great night


with lots of dreams


and if you need it, get to bed early


there’s always tomorrow to obsess all over again!


i hope you sleep like a king



and enjoy every minute of unconscious bliss!


all images via

yoga for sleep

feng shui



July 28, 2013. Dreams, Sleep.


  1. Connie* replied:

    ZZZZzzzzzzzzzz……… ;-)


  2. Jan Marie caruso replied:

    Try taking magnesium, it works for me. Start with 500 mg..and move up if you need more. I was a terrible at not getting sleep. My mind kept running, but this tip has really work for me. Good luck.
    Jan Marie


  3. JudyinFrance replied:

    Since today is Saturday, my intention was to sleep until 9AM. But my 5 month old grandson needed my attention so I was up at 7:45. Its now 9PM and the poor little guy has a tummy ache and isn’t getting to sleep. Maybe tomorrow will be better. That’s the wonderful thing about tomorrow – everything could be better – even our sleep.


  4. MJH Design Arts replied:

    Thank you for another FANTASTIC post. I know all of these things…but still fail to go to bed early enough. But I do schedule a nap when possible.
    Hope that you are having a wonderful sleepcation… I know we all need one. xoxo


    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi mary, glad you liked it1 i read just stopping for 30 seconds and closing our eyes throughout the day can do wonders.


  5. Lisa Palazzolo Harris replied:

    Love this post! Ahhem. Ummm. It is now 2:30am. I should be asleep…


  6. Kathie replied:

    Love the photos you include. Nice way to visualise your words.


  7. Cindy replied:

    Great post Claudia. Thanks!!!


  8. Karen Albert replied:

    HI Claudia, the perfect post for me right now, my hip is still healing (again)

    Miss you lots!
    2013 Designers Series


  9. Mom replied:

    beautiful, as always.


  10. Nita@ModVintageLife replied:

    I always say that sleep is my drug of choice. If I’m upset, I’ll just go to sleep. If I’m sad…I’ll just go to sleep. I never have a problem sleeping. I’ve spent much of my life working very long hours and doing without sleep and then trying to catch up on it on the weekends. Right now my life is such that I get plenty of sleep each night and my body and mind feel so much better with it. Everything is better when rested. Don’t know how long this part of my life is going to last…eventually I’ll be back at a stressful job…I fear and be back and doing without sleep. I’ve been putting that off…..

    I used to think it was worth it to be so tired…that it would pay off…but you know…it never did. Now I’d rather feel good then have recognition or pay that comes at the cost of hurting my body.

    Loved this post!


  11. renee finberg replied:

    love the guy with the puppy



  12. Merillion replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    I loved this post! So entertaining & enjoyable. And like Renee, love the guy with the puppy.


  13. Peggy Braswell replied:

    Nothing like an interesting dream + restful night. Wonderful post!


  14. Rebecca Grace replied:

    Ariana Huffington (founder and CEO of The Huffington Post) delivered a fantastic commencement speech at Smith College this year on EXACTLY this topic — very grounded advice, plus she had everyone rolling with laughter. There’s a video link here:


  15. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Wow! You were on a roll!!!
    I am a night owl and right now I have to get up for teaching summer art workshops … brutal. Trying to go to bed earlier but I get a burst of energy around 10pm that last til midnight! I love sleep. Maybe I’ll go take a nap.
    and maybe I should eat dark chocolate so late.


  16. vicki archer replied:

    I never have enough sleep… but when I do it’s like a whole new world! Great post Claudia and a very important reminder for us all to slow down a little… :) xv


  17. 3 Ways to Sleep Better | Free psychology replied:

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  18. Linda Leyble replied:

    Hi! Wonderful reminder post. I have been sleep deprived for awhile now and this is a wonderful reminder that I should really change my ways. I don’t accomplish more by staying up later (like I think I will). And then the next day I am tired and still don’t accomplish more. So…I will start to be more conscious of how it only hurts me…not help me!

    Thanks so much!



  19. Keri replied:

    Wow! Great tips; thanks! I think this will be the last thing I type for the night.. I’m going to bed. So much here I didn’t know about sleeping. I’m pinning the post to come back and read again.


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