I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to go to sleep and could not- or woke up in the middle of the night with my mind racing, worrying and driving me crazy. Just the thought why you aren’t asleep can drive you crazy. Thankfully I have found a remedy for most of these type of issues; meditation works well for me. Contributor Naomi Shaw has this great piece/guide on what you can do to help you clear your mind and set your bedroom up so that you can sleep.
Sleep is essential to keep us feeling strong and focused mentally, emotionally and physically. For some of us, seven hours of sleep are more than enough while for others, nine hours of sleep are required. While the hours may vary, what is common for all of us is the importance of waking up feeling well-rested.
A good night’s sleep depends on a number of variables and if you want to wake up feeling like you had the best sleep every day, then you have to try the following tips and tricks.
The determining factor for a good night’s sleep starts with a great work schedule. Don’t go to sleep with thoughts of what you need to do tomorrow or what you failed to do today. Schedule things in their own time so that you can go to bed knowing that you will get things done.
Your bedroom should not have drawers brimming with dresses coming out of them and shoes scattered about. Keep this space clean and tranquil. A less chaotic space means a less chaotic mind.
Since ancient times, people have been using gems and metals to keep the negative energies away and to benefit from the healing powers of jewelry. Try spiritual jewelry to instill a sense of peacefulness in yourself by learning what your birthstone is and learning about the benefits of wearing jewelry as a healing tool.
Whether that’s a candle with a scent that you absolutely love or an aromatherapy scent used specifically to encourage relaxation, use scents to make yourself feel good and more at peace.
Give yourself a massage:
You might not be able to go to the spa every other week but giving yourself a massage by rubbing away the tension in your neck and loosening up your shoulders will help you to relax and sleep better.
Learn to meditate:
Meditation alleviates anxiety, it helps us with depression and to deal with stress by teaching us to focus on the now. No exercise brings forth a sense of peace and relaxation more than meditation.
Read something beautiful – Beauty “expands” the perception of time. Seeking out beauty is one way of slowing down time so you can feel less rushed and more relaxed. The next time you are in bed, read something that will inspire awe.
No gadgets :
You must have heard this a thousand times and yet, you still find yourself sleeping with your phone under your pillow and waking up looking at emails rather than the morning sky. Finish and start your day gadget free so that the sense of feeling rushed won’t get to you in the tranquility of your bedroom.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time
One of the easiest ways to get your body used to falling asleep easily is by determining a specific hour when to go to bed and when to wake up and then following these times every day, even on weekends. This way, your body will get used to the schedule and you will find it easier to fall asleep, as well as to wake up without an alarm clock.
Start a ritual :
Sleep works well when you have a ritual that you follow every day. From the scents used to what you do, giving yourself a bedtime ritual that brings tranquility and relaxation to the end of your day will make falling asleep and having a good night’s sleep more possible for you every day.
Have a restful night!
Bio of Naomi Shaw:
Naomi Shaw is a full-time freelance writer who balances motherhood and entrepreneurship. Living in Southern California with her husband and three children, Naomi writes on all topics with a family and health. She transitioned from stay-at-home mom to freelance journalist to share her lifestyle passion with the world.
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