We all know that a good night’s sleep is important to our overall health and wellbeing so how can we ensure that we get the most from our Slumber Time …
Here’s my Top 10 Tips
1. As much as possible, try to go to bed at approx the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning. (Yes the odd lie-in is allowed of course)
2. Reduce stimulating drinks and food late in the evening. Cut back on the Tea and Chocolate after 8pm. Chamomile Tea before bed is very relaxing.
3. Keep your bedroom clutter free. Ensure the temperature is not too hot and not too cold and the room is well ventilated.
4. Avoid late night TV drama or books of a similar nature. If you read before sleep, keep it light and give yourself some time between finishing reading and going off to sleep. Do not read from a backlit device like an iPad.
5. Dim the lights in the bedroom. Keep the brightness to a minimum. A low watt bedside lamp is perfect.
6. When its time to sleep, make the room as dark as possible. If you do wake during the night and need to visit the bathroom, keep the lights to a minimum so you can easily go back to sleep.
7. If something is troubling you and you find yourself thinking about it before bed, take out a blank page, allocate 5-10 minutes and write or scribble it all down. As you fold the page a few times, make and intention to deal with this problem tomorrow. On those nights when sleep eludes you, aim for relaxation by simply focusing on your breath and sleep will naturally follow.
8. If possible, have a bedtime shower or bath to wash away the day. If that’s not an option, do some visualisation and see rain of white light washing over you clearing away any residues from the days events.
9. Sedative essential oils can be really beneficial before bed. Pop a few drops of lavender or chamomile in a diffuser and allow the aromas to penetrate the atmosphere. Remember to consider others who share the same sleeping space. If a diffuser is not an option, pop a few drops on a tissue and spend 5 minutes inhaling. Inhale for the count of four, hold of the count of 4 and exhale for the count of 4. The breathing combined with the sedative chemicals will help to relax the body, the emotions and the mind.
10. In the last few minutes before you go off to sleep, don’t spend this time going over any troublesome situations. Instead allow yourself to dream about your perfect life. As you fall asleep, these thoughts are what you will bring to your subconscious as you spend the next 8 or so hours there.
Remember our subconscious runs the show most of the day so fill it with beautiful dreams.
Dream Big !!