Our mood, our creativity, and our physical well-being, these are just three of the many things that depend on a good night’s sleep. Nurturing a sleep schedule that makes you feel well, both physically and emotionally, is essential but it can be frustrating when our attempt fails and we are left with sleepless nights or if we start to suffer from troubled sleep.
Resorting to medication should not be your first go-to resource. Instead, adding small changes to your lifestyle is the best way to start creating more peaceful and restful nights for yourself. The following is a list of tips to help get yourself mentally, emotionally and physically ready for sleep, so that you don’t have to dread the night anymore.
Meditation is a powerful tool that can help you to focus, to reduce anxiety, depression and lead you to a more conscious way of living life. Meditation can also help you to wind down and focus on the present moment, so that you can focus on sleeping. It can feel tricky to start doing this on your own, so help yourself by trying guided meditation videos before you go into your bedroom, to help you get into the zone.
Remove the display clocks
Alarm clocks with huge screens displaying the time will only add to the pressure of sleeping. Turn the screen away from your eyes so that you won’t stay looking at the time every minute.
Keep a notepad close
When you are struggling to relax because you are worrying about things that you have to do, then keeping a notepad close, to scribble down reminders is the best way to let go of these worries and get back to focusing on sleep.
The power of spiritual jewelry
Since ancient times, gems and metals have been known to give us strength, to keep away bad energy and to bring out our inner goodness, among other things. Find your birthstone and allow its benefits to help you feel more spiritually connected and relaxed.
Wake up and sleep in your own organic time
It will take time but you can learn to wake up and sleep at a specific time, rather than through the obnoxiously loud sound of the alarm clock. This way, your body will learn to sleep and wake up on its own schedule and it will feel more natural for you to fall asleep.
Exercise early in the day
Or if it’s physically impossible for you to do so, at least workout four hours before you go to bed, this way, your adrenaline would have winded down before you are ready to sleep.
Paint your bedroom a tranquil color
You may love your dark red or bold purple but if you are struggling to relax in your bedroom, then you should consider changing the color of your walls to a more tranquil color, so that your eyes will start to feel more rested the minute you walk in.
Try a bath
You may not be able to do this every day but drawing a bath for yourself can set you in the right tranquil mood for better sleep. Soft candlelight and the trickle of the water, creamy lotions and sweets scents will all add to the formula for better sleep.
Speaking of scents, there are several aromatherapy scents you can try to trigger those relaxation buds for better sleep. You can use them in the bath or you can burn a few drops in your bedroom while you are getting ready for bed.
Most importantly, you need to quiet down, both physically and mentally. Put away all of the gadgets an hour before bed, get a book or a notebook to scribble your thoughts down, and allow yourself to wind down slowly. Only in feeling peaceful will you create a space where you can have a good night’s sleep.