This often misattributed quote comes from the book, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker.
It’s been well documented that sleep rejuvenates the mind. After pulling an all-nighter or going a day or more without much sleep, you’ll notice your mind isn’t as sharp. It’s why as a student, you’re told to get a good night sleep before an exam. If you have a big presentation at work, you try to get a good night sleep the night before. And prior to a long drive, you hope getting enough sleep will keep your mind sharp on the road.
But sleep doesn’t only affect mental sharpness. It’s also well documented to affect mental wellness as suggested in this quote. Not getting enough sleep on a consistent basis can be one of the factors contributing to a less happy state of being.
Therefore, in moments of hopelessness and despair, consider prioritizing sleep. Rest strengthens not just the body but also the mind and spirit. It makes you better equipped to reflect on and see your circumstances through a clearer lens. However, if your mind is muddled due to lack of sleep, it’s more difficult to see things as clearly, including seeing the hope that’s always there.