We crave it.
We chase it.
We take potions, tonics, pills and spend lots of money, energy and resources to experience the richness of it.
The body does most of its detoxification while you’re asleep. It is the time when the body rids toxins and buildup that it’s been exposed to during the day. We need at least 7-8 hours of restful sleep, but most of us are lucky if we get 5-6 fitful hours.
Without adequate sleep, many systems of the body go awry.
We deal with blood sugar instability, hence the sweet cravings.
We increase our stores of cortisol = excess weight.
We become anxious, depressed, moody, fatigued.
We struggle with loss of sex drive, infertility, inflammation,
In order to ensure a restful and restorative sleep session, it is important to be mindful of the hours leading up to dreamtime.
I’ve put together a list of my favorite sleep practices and tools to explore.
- Power down from all electronics at least 30 minutes to an hour before you turn off the lights. Electronics emit a light that disrupts our natural sleep cycle, so it is important to give our eyes and minds a chance to transition.
- Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary. This means removing the electronics from the room! Use an good ‘ol alarm clock, not your phone to wake up. Your sleep sanctuary should be just that! A place for rest. Try to sleep in a room with complete darkness. Falling asleep with the television on is a big NO-NO!
- Sip a calming tea containing herbs like chamomile, kava kava, lemon balm and passionflower.
- Soak in an Epsom salt bath. This not only eases muscle tension, but increases detox pathways in your body.
- Oil up those tootsies! Give them a little massage using coconut oil or castor oil. Add your favorite relaxing essential oils for an aromatherapy experience. The feet are connected to every organ in the body. Why not love them up before closing your eyes?
- Write it out. Take a few minutes before going to bed to write out your to-do list for the next day. When you go to bed with a full mind, it can be challenging for the mind to quiet and truly rest during sleep.
- Say your gratitude prayer. Take a moment to reflect on the blessings of the day. Send your gratitude out into the world.
Cheers to a nourishing winter's rest!