Updated: May 23
Have you ever tried to make a fist right when you wake up? Try it… It’s very hard. This is because during sleep the body produces chemicals (GABA and Glycine) that induce paralysis. Because our brains remain active, these chemicals are preventing our muscles from moving our body in response to our active brain especially when we have dreams during REM sleep (source). So what causes us to regain strength? Waking up. When we wake up, our body knows to stop producing the chemicals, then our muscles follow suit and wake up. As the numbness subsides, we regain the strength and feelings in our muscles. In order to strengthen our voice, we need to wake up. Wake up to our feelings and what makes us feel alive. Wake up to the whispers inside of us that are waiting to be heard. When we sleepwalk and go through life on auto-pilot, we don’t question why we are doing the things we are doing. We just keep doing what we had always done. We are active, but are we truly activated?