Sleep is the golden chain that binds our health and body together.
-- Thomas Dekker
What do you do for a good night’s sleep?
Have you ever found yourself sleeping a full night and waking up and not feeling rested? Or have you how was your self going to bed later than you should and not getting the sleep that you needed?
Sleep has amazing benefits for us that includes increasing our immune system, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing our mood and productivity and ability to focus, helps us maintain a healthy blood sugar levels, and reduce inflammation within the body.
To get all of the amazing benefits of great sleep, though, we have to set up a lifestyle - especially evening rituals - that support it.
I have had to try establishing a healthy sleep schedule for myself more than once. It has definitely been trial and error process for me. Some of the things that I have found that work for me include:
1. Turning off all of my electronics before bed which includes my phone, my computer, television, and anything else that keeps my mind active.
2. Enjoying a comforting mug of tea. Some people love Chamomile or Sleepytime tea but Yogi Bedtime Tea is my favorite.
3. Change the lighting in the room to support a relaxing feeling. Changing from overhead lighting to lamps or using black out curtains to ensure that street lights don’t stream into your room can also help. It is important to note that when it is dark in your room, your body will produce melatonin and this will facilitate the body toward feeling sleepy.
4. Not everyone gets the opportunity to take baths, as opposed to showers, but if you have an opportunity to soak in a warm bath before bedtime it relaxes the muscles and adjusts the body temperature to help produce melatonin and help you drift asleep.
5. If you have a diffuser you can use aromatherapy to unwind at night and getting ready for bed. I like using a blend of Lavender, Cedarwood and Vetiver.
6. And, lastly, doing a progressive relaxation exercise is an awesome way to relax the body from head to toe. You can find countless guided scripts on YouTube and have fun practicing.
So I guess it’s time to click my heels together and start chanting there’s no place like bed, there’s no place like bed, there’s no place like bed…