In our busy lives, surrounded by stress, technology, artificial light and caffeinated beverages, we are unable to turn it off at the end of the night.
Here is your Mind Body Approach to Sleep:
- Establish a regular bedtime. Get exposure to early morning light and evening dim light. Maintain regular times for meals and exercise. Avoid watching TV or using your tech at night.
- Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and other drugs can affect your quality of sleep.
- Avoid exercise 3-4 hours before sleep
- Avoid high glycemic foods before sleep
- Make your room temperature comfortable for you, avoid clock watching and light exposure. White noise like fans and humidifiers can help you fall back to sleep.
- Practice Mind-Body methods such as mindful meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, heart math, self hypnosis, breath work or guided imagery.
- Ask your physician if botanicals are right for you. Melatonin can be a helpful aid in addition to the sleep hygiene recommendations above.
Sleep is not a place you can go to. The more to fight to go to sleep the more awake you will become. The key is to work on letting go and becoming less wakeful and sleep is the inevitable result. Sweet Dreams!