4 Tips for a Restful Sleep
If you ever have trouble sleeping through the night or have always wanted to develop a better nighttime routine, here are some tips on how you can make your pre-sleep plan a more calming journey into sweet slumber.
- Create a nightly routine. It’s amazing how much your sleep will change once you put an emphasis on the importance of what you do before you go to bed. What do you do before you go to sleep? For a long time I watched shows or movies directly before I fell asleep, and I noticed how much it changed my dreams and how restful my nights were. I also used to sleep with my phone right beside my bed, which after years of my mother telling me about electromagnetic radiation from my cellphone I finally listened. When I started making more time for myself, and paying more awareness to the stimulants around me and my sensitivity to them things began to change. Here are some suggestions of calming practices that you can use as part of your evening ritual. First, make some time before you rest to do a few things to help calm your mind and body. Drink chamomile tea. Do some light reading, writing, or meditate. Have a bath. Light some candles. Have someone else read to you. Sing or play music. Take a natural remedy like St Johns Wart or Magnesium. Do things that feel good for you, and challenge yourself to incorporate something new to your routine that may benefit your body and spirit!
- Soak your feet in Epsom salts. One of the many benefits of soaking your feet in Epsom salts is the cleansing and detoxing effects. Our feet travel and carry all our weight, and they also carry a lot of energy because they are our direction connection to the earth and can hold a lot of energetic weight. A good foot soak will increase your levels of magnesium when they become low, which is often caused by stress and anxiety. More magnesium= more serotonin in your brain = more feelings of happiness and relaxation. Not only does it feel good but it’s also doing a lot for you! This is a very nice part of my nightly routine which usually takes between 20 minutes and an hour. Tip* After you’ve soaked your feet, try laying on your bed or floor with your legs straight up on the wall. This may not feel good for everyone, however if you are able to keep your legs up for a good stretch, you will also be releasing a flow of energy through the bottoms of your feet. I’ve even fallen asleep like this as it becomes so relaxing!
- Increase the flow in your space. What does your bedroom feel like to you? Is it messy, disorganized and cluttered? If so this may be blocking the flow of energy in your space, and will directly affect your energy also! I believe your bedroom should be a sacred space of comfort and relaxation. By my bed I have; an aromatherapy diffuser, a crystal salt lamp, and many crystals. The combination of these things increases the flow and generally just makes me feel good. I have multiple crystals that I sleep with however directly above my bed is a large Selenite crystal that has a very high vibration of protection and clearing. Clear Quartz, Amethyst and Selenite are all good crystals for sleeping, however I recommend using your intuition to select the ones that are best for you!
- Light some sage. Burning smudge has been a sacred practice of Native Americans for a long time. It is a practice I watched my mother do for many years, and a practice I have been taught to use in my home. A dear friend grows the sage I burn at my home, and being mindful of where your smudge comes from is valuable. Allow for the whole process of lighting and burning sage to be as important as your focused intention. Have a bowl ready to catch the ashes, either using your hand or a feather, cleanse your hands in the smoke, smudging your face and body and spirit. The sage not only clears the negative energy in the space, but it does the same for your body as a cleanser of energies. Opening a window or door allows for the energy to flow out. You can use smudge to cleanse crystals, new objects you bring into your home, a new home itself, and people. When you have finished, dispose of the ashes and store your smudge in a safe and clear space. I have been smudging for a while now almost every day since I moved into my new home, not only do I love the way it feels after doing so, but I love the smell. Be very mindful as you walk around with prayer or intention of what energy you would like to welcome into the space; calm, wellness, peace, love etc. If you practice Reiki you can also use symbols in your space while you smudge.
Remember how important you are, and how important it is for you to nurture and care for yourself. Getting a restful sleep will recharge you and refresh your spirit. As soon as I emphasized the importance the nightly routine was in my evening, I noticed a significant change not only in how I slept but how I felt at night in general. Aside from my cat doing late night parkour, I have such amazing sleeps and look forward to the evening rituals.