One difference between an animal and a human being is it makes society better. A good human being engages himself in making a living to run his household and at the same time spends some time doing selfless service for the betterment of mankind.
Just as we have to eat to live, we also have to sleep after a day’s work in order to continue our work the next day. Every activity during the day tires the body. Every person, therefore, requires sleep for a reasonable time. This sleep rejuvenates the body and prepares the person for the next day’s task.
The period of sleep has to be reasonable so that one gets rid of tiredness. The actual period of sleep varies with age. Children need to sleep a little longer. They may also require a short nap after their lunch. A longish sleep in the afternoon leads to obesity. By and large, the time for sleep varies from five to six hours. This period of sleep has to be adjusted so that our daily routine is not disturbed. One maintains a healthy body so that one’s commitments of the day are performed with adequate efficiency.
One gets good sleep if one keeps himself in mental poise by living an ethical life. People with self-seeking, and self-indulging minds with inflated egos are never contented. One gets good sleep if one keeps himself in mental poise by living an ethical life.
This hunger for more of everything – money, comforts and recognition – fills their minds with negative instincts of hatred and jealousy. Such individuals find it hard to sleep when the time comes for them to get into bed.
One should, therefore, learn to shed the negative values of selfishness. For this, they should seek the company of people who live a life of contentment. Sangat (company) of God-conscious persons is a must for all right-thinking people. Only the Saadh Sangat, who spare time for selfless service, can help us renounce the negative values. The positive values in one’s mind will soothe the nerves. Positive values, therefore, are a key to the enjoyment of daily sound sleep, which prepares us for a new cheerful dawn. Persons committed to selfless service, devotion to duty and reposing faith in the Supreme Being are generally known to enjoy the sound and blissful sleep.