May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down tickling your skin and removing every worry, reminding you to consider only this moment. - Jeb Dickerson
Sleep is indeed a friend you cannot live without. Not only is it one of the highest forms of pleasure, it is surely a refuge from the stress and demands of life. In order to remain happy and healthy, one must take the time to slow down and let the body recharge. We have all earned this chance of a sweet slumber but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Rambling thoughts, stress, depression, poor food intake choices and emotional problems are all factors that derail our sleep. Thus making us irritable, sad or worse. It will also slow our overall energy which is so important in our everyday productivity. We have listed some of the best unconventional tips to help you fall asleep faster. We all know you’re sick of counting sheep. Perhaps you have already laid off the caffeine intake at night and tried drinking warm milk. These only prove to be useless when you have a hyper active mind. Instead, try these tips and see the positive effects in your life.
• Prep your Body
“When you hit the sack, try this progressive relaxation technique, says Catherine Darley, ND, director of the Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine in Seattle. Curl your toes tightly for a count of seven, and then relax. Repeat through each muscle group, working up from your toes to your neck.”
• Try Visualization Meditation
“Visualization meditation works best when you use at least three senses. Sammy explains: “Imagine yourself in a situation where you feel content – a tropical paradise, sailing on calm waters, walking in flower fields. “As you explore your ‘happy place’ imagine smelling flowers, feeling grass or sand under your feet and hearing water lap against the boat. You should soon feel relaxed and drift off.”
• Watch Your Posture
“Sleep position matters. Find a comfortable sleep position that supports good sleep posture. Make sure every part of your body is comfortable. Buy a good quality pillow that supports your neck and properly aligns your body. Side positions are usually better, but if back works for you that’s fine. Lie in the same position every night, so your body becomes accustomed to falling asleep in the same way.”
• Make Sure you are Hydrated.
“A minimum two-liters of water each day, more if you are bigger or more active. Water is like oxygen to your body and an essential nutrient. Getting dehydrated at night isn't too different than having sleep apnea.”
• Try Breath Regularization
“Breath regulation, while utterly simple, has an impact on every system in your body. By breathing in subtly different ways, you can effect blood pressure, heart rate, emotional stability, and even hormones. Anyone who's ever had a panic attack knows that the most effective way to quell that horrible moment of mental and physical distress is with slow, regulated breathing. Similarly, if you've ever done the "breath of fire" in a yoga class, you can attest to the instant energetic lift one feels after a round. If you need to wake up, one minute of that will beat ANY cup of coffee.”
Here's how to do it:
• Lie down in your preferred sleep position. You can also start on your back and roll into it when you start to drop off.
• Breathe in through your nose on a count of three seconds.
• Breathe out through your nose on a count of six seconds.
• Repeat until you fall asleep.
Dear Insomiacs, these unconventional tips will help you drift off to sweet slumber. A bit of practice and patience are the only things required. While you are in the process, diffuse your favorite essential oils using your BellaSentials Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser. This will help a great deal to promote sleep while it relaxes your mind. Sweet dreams, ladies![/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]