Question: What is sleep for?
Higgins: Sleep is neutral time. It is much like taking a time out during a sports match. The body rejuvenates, the mind processes and files away daily experiences while the broader aspect plans next steps for this physical experience as well as formulates plans for after this life and sometimes even next life experiences.
We liken the body’s awakening to the resumption of a sports match after a time out or intermission. You, the mind-body team, get up and go do whatever you do. When sleep comes again the process is repeated. During sleep, the body again rejuvenates while the mind processes and files the days experiences. At the same time, the broader self reviews the day’s game and sets a new plan for the morrow.
Received August 25, 2011 at Everett, Washington