Sleep Glorious Sleep
Well it’s January and I must admit I’m not a fan of this month – too much darkness and grey skies for me here in the northern hemisphere, so would happily sleep the month away in hibernation but sadly that’s not possible as I’m not a bear – ha! However, getting a good amount of sleep any time of year is very beneficial for our health and wellbeing so I recommend you prepare for sleep at least half an hour if not an hour before you intend to go to bed and try to make this time a similar time every night to support your body clock.
Here are my tips for beautiful, peaceful sleep:
- Turn off your phone, tablet and computer at least an hour before sleep and leave them in the kitchen or living room – do not bring into your bedroom where you can be tempted to have a quick look if you can’t sleep at any time.
- Don’t watch anything frightening on TV just before going to bed – give your nervous system a break.
- Have a lovely warm bath with sea salt or Epsom salts to relax your muscles and help you wind down. If you don’t have time for a bath washing your feet before bed is also relaxing and will make sure you haven’t got cold extremities stopping you from nodding off.
- After your bath apply some of my Flower Foot Cream which helps relax the nervous system. Massaging this cream into your feet will also help you to relax and absorb the wonderful davana and lavender essential oils
- If you’re still not sleepy at this stage read for a while or listen to the radio – maybe listen to a play – not the news.
- Try some deep breathing exercises – put your hands on your belly and breathe deeply into your belly so your hands move out as you do this. Breathe in for the count of 3, then out for the count of 3. You could also try closing your eyes and visualising the colour purple flowing into your body through your heart as you breathe in, breathe this colour up to your head and then as you breathe out visualise the colour gold flowing down your body and out of your feet. I find visualisation like this really good as you have to concentrate on both the breathing and the colours which stops your mind wandering to other things.
Breathing exercises and colour visualisations are also good techniques to use if you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep. In addition, applying some more cream to your wrist pulse points or the backs of your hands so you can breathe in the aroma of the oils will also help you to go back to sleep.
Lots of love