Sultanas . . . How well do you take care of yourself to avoid exhaustion and burn out?
Energy levels are rooted in your sleep hygiene. Our religion presents an alternative to common Western concepts of sleep.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “One should not sleep before the night prayer, nor have discussions after it”. Isha is usually around 1 ½ to 2 hours after sunset. It makes for short days in the winter.
Establish an Early Morning
About an hour before sunrise, it is time to wake up and perform Fajr prayer. Do you go back to sleep afterwards? Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would remain awake, reminding those around him that early morning work is blessed by Allāh.
Schedule time in your day for naps. And train your children on this too. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) took short naps during the day. He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “Take a nap, for the Shayateen (devils) do not take naps.”
A Personal Sleep Story
At our house, naptime was when daddy came home; he loved this since napping at work was not an option. All things electronic including phones were shut off. And everyone went to his or her room for a nap. I noticed that nap time elevated everyone’s mood.
My personal goal is to get off the night-owl track and back on the early-bird track. Do you have any sleep goals? If so, what are they?
Healing — “Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet”, page 220, Dar us Salaam Publishers.
at-Tabaranee — Reported by at-Tabaranee. Al-Saheehah (2647)
Night Prayers — ‘The Night Prayers’ by Muhammad Nasir ud-Deen al-Albanee (rahimahullah) As-Sunnah Islamic Newsletter Issue 15