Do you get enough sleep each night? Or do you wake in the morning feeling exhausted?
Do you recall any vivid dreams? Or do you wake up to scary nightmares?
Our bodies rejuvenate during sleep yet many people don’t get the recommended eight hours each night to revive the mind and body for the next day.
When we relax after dinner, we become naturally sleepy, and this is the ideal cue to go to bed. Often though, we stay glued to the television, or continue to do activities that keep the brain in an alert state, and this delays the natural rhythms of the body clock.
Sleep relaxes us as we process the day’s events, and helps us to recharge our brain. A good sleep gives us the opportunity to wake up refreshed and alert in the morning, ready for the events of a new day.
A lack of sleep impairs our ability to function in the long term, so here are some useful tips to maximise your chances of having a good restful sleep that will energise your body, mind and spirit.
7 Steps to Sound Sleep
1. Stop drinking stimulants such as tea, coffee and energy drinks after 4pm. Try herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint instead.
2. Try not to eat your evening meal or snacks too close to bedtime. Eat at least 4 hours earlier to give the body time to digest before lying down.
3. If you are still thinking intensely about your day, write your thoughts down so that you don’t have to remember everything overnight, and then you can focus on them the next day.
4. Turn off all electronic devices, such as computers, tablets and phones at least an hour before bedtime. The light exposure and the radiation that they emit can disrupt the body’s natural rhythms.
5. Exercise regularly during the day so that the body is tired and ready for rest.
6. Keep regular bedtime patterns and have a 30 to 60 minute routine to wind down at night.
7. Actively process your subconscious baggage with regular self care and BodyTalk sessions. There can be many reasons that we aren’t sleeping well and it is always a relief to release any underlying hindrance to a healthy restful sleep.