A Good Night’s Sleep is a wonderful thing, right up there with eating well and exercise in terms of a healthy, energised life. However, it’s something that eludes many folk. Whether it be not being able to fall asleep, waking up too often, or not feeling rested upon waking, tips on How to Sleep Better are needed by many.
To be genuine solutions, tips on How to Sleep Better need to be healthy as well as effective; here’s some I find work well, and I will do a Part Two next blog…
How to Sleep Better
Reading ~ if you find when your head hits the pillow, your mind goes into think-mode, try reading. Reading separates your mind from the day, reduces stress levels, and allows you to escape into your own little world.
Writing ~ if your brain starts buzzing about things you have to do tomorrow, try writing them down (which means you’ll need a pen and paper by your bed). Once written, it usually allows these things to leave your head, instead of tightly hanging on to them, worried that you may not remember them in the morning.
Lessen electro-magnetic fields ~ EMF’s are emitted from all electrical and battery-operated items. They disrupt the pineal gland (and production of melatonin and serotonin ~ hormones that amongst other things help with a healthy sleep cycle).
This means, for optimal health and sleep, computers, televisions and mobile phones are all best kept out of the bedroom. If you use an electric blanket, turn it off before you get into bed, and try to keep clocks and all other batteries and electricals at least one metre away from your bed.
Darkness ~ sleep in complete darkness or as close to as possible. When light hits the eyes, it disrupts the ‘circadian rhythm’ of the pineal gland, as well as the production of melatonin and serotonin.
Herbs ~ valerian is a natural sedative, and makes a lovely sleepy time herbal tea. White Tea(1), Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Hops, Chamomile, Lavender and St John’s Wort are all excellent too, either taken singly or made up into your own personal blend.
Bedtime ritual ~ having a habitual sleep ritual conditions you to know that this means sleep, and starts your wind down. The ritual can be as simple as washing your hands, a cup of herbal tea, expressing gratitude to the universe, and lay down to sleep.
Feel and express gratitude ~ when you go to bed, for whatever it is you choose to feel grateful for. It is a serene and peaceful last emotion to feel as you drift off to dreamland.