Can the Rav offer me some advice for how I might be able to alleviate some of the stress that I feel?
Sleep eight hours a night without exception. Eight hours every night without exception! No chasunahs, no other simchas. No excuses. If you start sleeping eight hours every night, and you do it for a long time, you will discover a great change in your nervous system. A great change! If you take my advice, and you’re consistent about it, you’ll never want to go back to your former sleeping habits. You’ll be a different person altogether.
Now, that’s not the only thing. But it’s one of the first things to do. Most people, you’ll discover, are subject to stress and other nervous disorders because of lack of sleep. Sleep is one of the greatest gifts of Hashem. It’s a pleasure to put your head down on the pillow and drift off into a sweet sleep. A pleasure! So make sure not to abuse this gift. Use it the right way and you’ll be a happy man.
TAPE # E-221 (April 2000)