Sleep is a vital aspect of our health yet one that is elusive for many. I struggled with insomnia during both of my pregnancies (thank God for SATC reruns) and at least twice a month still experience racing thoughts and restless nights. I've compiled this list of things that have markedly helped my sleep - I would love to hear your tips as well!
Write a To-Do List for the Next Day
Getting everything out of my head and onto a page where I can see it tangibly decreases my anxiety and helps stop the galloping middle-of-the-night thought assault in its tracks.
Magnesium helps the body maintain healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes restful sleep. It also has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels, assist with insulin resistance, lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety and fight inflammation.
Essential oils communicate directly with the limbic system and have been proven to soothe and calm the brain. Try diffusing lavender, vanilla, valerian, chamomile or clary sage oils for sweeter sleep. A linen mist also works well - I use a blend of lavender, vanilla and balsam fir on my kids' sheets every night before bed.
Unlike most plants, aloe vera omits oxygen at night; keeping one in your bedroom can combat insomnia and promote deeper sleep. This do-it-all plant can also be used as a moisturizer, for sunburn relief or on insect bites.
Inhale for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat as needed (it usually takes me at least five minutes to wind down). This breathing pattern reduces anxiety and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which governs healing, rest, relaxation and restoration.
What are your tips and tricks for a better night's sleep? Please share in the comments!
Whether it’s love, good health, a solid relationship, serenity, freedom, a title, respect, or a certain number in the bank or on the scale - anything you chase will always be outside of you.
Apart from you.
A Perpetual Separation.
The energy of chasing by nature keeps you in pursuit and the desired "thing" running away from you. This creates more resistance & frustration and actually widens the gap between you and what you want.