Undoubtedly most of us have found ourselves lying awake at night, tossing and turning, our minds on all the problems that we must face the next day. Or we remember conversations that we had, thinking about what we should have said or done. We worry about what could happen in the future. Or we start awake in the dark at a strange sound, listening to our heart pounding as we worry about whether to get up and find out what the noise was, or remain still, afraid to go back to sleep as we imagine and sort through possible causes.
23 Ósviðr maðr vakir um allar nætr ok hyggr at hvívetna þá er móðr er at morni kømr alt er vil sem var Foolish is he who frets at night, And lies awake to worry A weary man when morning comes, He finds all as bad as before. Hávamál
Instead of lying awake the bold man goes to bed to sleep so that he can meet the challenges of the day rested and in good physical, mental and emotional condition. As Kostbera, Högni's wife, in the Greenland Lay of Atli did in puzzling out the strange runes of warning, we can go to bed and sleep, waiting for the inspiration that comes in dreams. By remaining awake we deny ourselves a source of strength and insight, as well as weakening ourselves physically. We can sleep better also if we take care of problems immediately, not putting them off until they loom larger and larger in the night. Preparation and foresight are also important elements of valor and boldness.
48 Mildir frœknir menn bazt lifa sjaldan sút ala en ósnjallr maðr uggir hotvetna sýtir æ gløggr við gjöfum The generous and bold have the best lives, Are seldom beset by cares, But the base man sees bogies everywhere And the miser pines for presents. Hávamál
59 Ár skal rísa sá er á yrkendr fá ok ganga síns verka á vit mart um dvelr þann er um morgin sefr hálfr er auðr und hvötum Early should rise he who has few workers, and go his work to see to; greatly is he retarded who sleeps the morn away. Wealth half depends on energy. Hávamál