Cultivate Your Sleep
posted on September 24th, 2014 by Silvia Navas
Sleep is vital to maintaining good health and well-being throughout our lives. It is during this time that our bodies regenerate & restore the wears of daily living and to store and sort all the mental data that was inputted during the day. However, if the quality of your sleep is poor, your physical, mental, and even emotional states may suffer. Here are some tips to cultivate quality sleep and help ensure that we obtain the maximum benefits of our nighttime zzzzz’s.
Exercise– Excising is the yang to sleep’s ying. Aside from the well-known benefits exercise has, it also helps promote a deeper and restful sleep. It is preferable to exercise earlier in the day as doing it later in the evening can be too stimulating.
Unplug– Give your brain a chance to wind down before bed by turning off the television, computer, or any other electronics that may be distracting and stimulating. If possible, dim down the lights at least an hour before going to bed.
Write– To help ease the mind of its never ending to-do list, take some time to write down all those things that are keeping you from relaxing. Putting your tasks, errands, and reminders on paper relieves the mind from the pressure of having to actively remember what needs to be done the next day.
Aromatherapy– Essential oils are great for promoting relaxation and inducing a meditative state of mind. Lavender is possibly the best known oil for it relaxing effects, but any scents that please your senses can help you relax.
Create a nighttime ritual- We are creatures of habit and we can use this to our advantage when it comes to setting a nighttime routine that signals our body – both consciously and unconsciously – that it is time to sleep. Whether it is having a cup of tea, writing your to-do list, lighting a candle, or simply stretching for 10-15 minutes, if you do it consistently, your entire being will soon know that it time to slow down and relax.
Wear comfortable clothing– We may not pay attention to this, but tight or comfortable clothes may be interfering with your sleep quality. Make sure you are wearing well-fitting clothes and preferably made from natural fabrics, like cotton.