How are you sleeping lately?
You might have found that you’ve been having some troubled nights, waking up at weird hours or found it hard to nod off. If that’s you, you’re not alone.
With the first wave behind us, and the ever-present threat of a second, it makes perfect sense if you crawl into bed after a tiring day, only to find yourself staring at the ceiling. And if you do get to sleep, you might be having some corkers of a dream.
But we know that we need to make sleep a priority, especially when we’re anxious.
So this week, your mojo is focused on getting a decent night’s kip.
Now, when people talk about this, the first thing they tend to focus on is sleep hygiene, the habits that we engage in during the day that can affect how well we sleep at night.
But it could be any number of things, including what and how you think during the day, that will affect your nightly rest and what you dream about. It might be a situation at home or at work, or a decision you need to make. But if Albert Einstein and others can have their greatest discoveries after a night of sleep and dreams, here’s some ideas about how we can make the best of it:
This week, maybe set the intention to Sleep On It. Whatever is happening in your life right now, press pause and give yourself permission to rest. Not everything needs an answer straight away, and sometimes the best thing to do is pause to reflect on the options you have available. Look at your caffeine intake, avoid heavy meals and exercise too close to bedtime and put your phone on night mode if you can. Remember not everyone needs eight hours sleep, so focus on quality not quantity, and if you do find yourself awake – instead of beating yourself up for it – maybe try a guided meditation. Make sure your bedroom is a place of sanctuary, and maybe treat yourself to something lovely to make the environment lend itself to a good night’s rest.
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