There is no debate in the research. Sleep is essential to being heathy and to achieve ongoing wellness. Not just sleep, but great sleep. Author and life coach Anne Deidre provides 8 tips that are simply and highly effective to make bedtime a permanent path to wellness.
Insomnia can happen to any one of us at different times in our lives. Sometimes it is a chronic sense of worry that can keep us up at night. Other times it is just that we are going through something challenging and sleep eludes us. If you find yourself up at night, here are 8 tips to getting a good nights sleep.
1. Keep Clutter at Bay
Everything is energy. We are energy beings and are sensitive to energy around us. If your bedroom has clutter, eliminate that clutter in order to get a more restful sleep. All of that clutter can disturb you even if you don't realize it. You can sort through the clutter by throwing what you need to away, keeping it and putting it in it's proper place, or donating it so someone else can enjoy it. Get rid of that clutter and a flow of peaceful, calming energy can return to your bedroom.
2. Wind Down
Before you hit the hay, it is helpful to wind down your evening activities. Prepare for a restful, uninterrupted sleep by creating a nightly routine.
Play soothing music, exercise earlier in the day. Cut back on caffeine and sugar. Watch what you eat and drink after 5 pm.
3. Do a Nightly Review
At the end of each day, write in a journal as part of your nightly routine. Get in the habit of journaling about your day as creative expression. Creativity in the form of writing is a great way to not only make you feel better, but by reviewing your day through writing, you can get out what may have bothered you as well as see what is worth celebrating about the day.
4. Create an Action Plan
Whatever it is that you wrote down in your nightly review, create an action plan so that you can resolve the issues in your life. Whether you are up at night worrying about your relationships, job or well-being, being proactive will reduce the worry and stress in your life that can keep you up at night. Decide to talk to your partner, look for a new job or take a class that makes your heart sing. Whatever it is that you may want to change in your life, know that you are empowered to create your life.
5. Know That You Have Support
Insomnia can make you feel that you are alone. Reach out to people that you trust and share your feelings with them. Find a mentor that can help you express your feelings and give you helpful feedback. Sometimes a fresh perspective is all it takes while the feeling of support can help you feel less isolated.
6. What Are You Thankful For?
The benefit of keeping a gratitude journal or by reviewing each night what you are grateful for, will help you see the glass half full instead of half empty. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in everything that is "wrong" in our lives and that can contribute to a lack of good, quality sleep. Feeling grateful raises our vibration and also the Universe responds by giving us more things to be grateful about.
7. Bring the Outdoors In
Many of our bedrooms contain televisions, cell phones and other electrical devices. This can create some static energy. You can move those televisions as well as bring the outdoors in. Create an oasis in your bedroom with plants and flowers including Lavender. You can put a potted Lavender plant on your bedside table or find a good quality Lavender essential oil and dab on your pulse points. Lavender is known for it's calming and healing properties and the aromatherapy benefit is a plus to your great nights sleep.
It is not necessary to do a formal lotus style meditation if you are up at night and suffering from a lack of sleep. If you find yourself looking at the clock at 3 am, talk to God and then listen. Prayer is talking to God and Meditation is listening. Have a spiritual conversation. This is a combination of passive and active meditation and will make you feel heard, listened to and supported. Developing your relationship with God in this way can contribute to great feelings of well-being, not only at night but all day long, where the root of insomnia often begins. Meditate when you can't sleep and you will feel a comfort and peace and sleep will elude you no more.
Anne Deidre is the CEO of Inner Visions Publishing, an Intuitive Life Coach, sought after Speaker and the Bestselling Author of Miraculous: How Spiritual Awakening Cured My Depression, Inspired My Purpose and Ignited the Intuitive Powers Within and Extreme Intuitive Makeover 55 Keys to Health, Wealth and Happiness. Anne is an acclaimed artist. Her artwork is filled with Divine messages and healing energy. For more information and to receive your free "Your Intuitive Prosperity Makeover Kit" visit www.yourintuitivemakeover.com.