Sleep : The Yardstick of Happy Life
The Holy Qur’an says that Allah has made sleep comfort for us. It is a self-evident truth, which needs no explanation. All of us know that sleep is a great comfort for us. When we wake up in the morning after a night’s sleep, we are completely rejuvenated. We are ready to face the perils of life. What we may not know and what needs to be highlighted is that sleep is really the yardstick of a happy life. Sleep is allergic to depression, anxiety and tension. Happiness now a days is measured in terms of material goods. It is thought that those who are wealthy are happy. Wealth is increasingly considered a prerequisite for a happy life. This is grossly wrong. It is not wrong as a concept. It is wrong in the practical sense of the word, that is, real life portrays opposite picture. Therefore, it is not being advised not to think about happy life in terms of material well-being. What is being advised is that money has repeatedly been seen failing to buy happiness for its owner. Happiness is not the result of luxurious lifestyle. Happiness is essentially the state of mind. Luxury may be helpful in achieving such state of mind. But not necessarily. Many a time, luxurious lifestyle is maintained at the expense of mental happiness. Mental happiness is compromised to achieve a higher scale of material life. This is the point where appearance of happiness takes precedence and the real happiness fades away. Appearance of happiness is reflected by avant-garde cars, high-end bungalows, trending dresses and dazzling ornaments. This is nothing more than appearance of happiness and mostly fake happiness. Inside may be a different story. The person who is in possession of these goods may be tormented to a level of suicide.
Happiness is all internal. It has less to do what is external. The evidence is seen in the number of suicide and suicidal attempts. The number of suicides is high in case of both extremes: the filthy rich and the destitute. The destitute gives in, because they cannot fulfill the basic human needs. The rich takes their own lives because they may not be at peace with themselves despite having everything in the world that one can imagine. Life is hellish for those who cannot have food, shelter and clothing. These are basic needs. No one can survive without these basic needs. Life is harsh. They who cannot have enough food, they will die of hunger and malnutrition. The onslaught of myriad diseases would kill them, who are not fit to live. The destitute are caught in the vicious circle of fulfilling their basic needs. They live a primitive life: It does not go beyond physical needs. The circle starts from the physical and ends at the physical. There is no mental life at all. Hence, there is no concept of happy life beyond physical life. For the affluent, it is not true. There is no question of basic human needs not being met. These are met thousands times better. Hence, there is no question of physical needs affecting their well-being. If they are upset at all, they are upset because of their mental life. The anxiety, depression and stress take the better of them. This may be due to their failure to have served their parents well, or their kids not following their guidance, or loss of their wealth or a deep sense of loneliness. They are usually caught in the nexus of myriad fears. They are restless inside. They take medicines; not one or two but many. One thing that they lose for sure is sleep. There is no one more destitute than the one who is not able to sleep well. Sleep reflects the inner peace of mind. Sleep is the yardstick of happiness. Sleep means that you must have eaten enough. Sleep means that your bed is as comfortable for you as to fall asleep. Sleep means you are at peace with yourself. They who can sleep well are happy in the real sense of the word. Whether or not the wealth or absence of wealth is making you happy is to be gauged whether or not you can sleep well.