Sleep: A Healing Tonic

cat-sleepingOne of the best tonics to promote healing is sleep. But far too often our bedrooms function as a multipurpose area where you watch TV, exercise use the computer, call or text, pay bills, sort and fold laundry, and do numerous other sleep-interrupting tasks.

Your bedroom is not just a place where a piece of furniture called a bed is found. It is a restorative chamber where you recharge, calm frayed nerves, regain composure, and center yourself once again. When you think of it that way, you might need to make some adjustments to the space to make it more conducive to sleep.

For example, consider relocating the TV into another room. Also, try moving exercise equipment and other items not related to sleep elsewhere. For items that need to stay in the bedroom, try hiding them in colorful baskets instead. That way, you get back a functional bedroom, organize unsightly (but necessary) projects, and add a personal flair too!

Here are some other tips to help restful sleep come more easily:

  • Keep regular hours. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, including weekends.
  • Stop texting, and checking your favorite social media sites at least an hour before. Looking into the bright monitor so close to bedtime makes it harder for your natural sleep rhythms to kick in.
  • Be Cool. Reducing the temperature in the room will help you fall asleep, and sleep more restfully.
  • Develop a sleep ritual. If you do the same things before you go to bed each night, it will train your body to get ready for sleep.
  • Take some time to relax and unwind before you go to sleep. You may try stretching, relaxation exercises, a hot shower or bath, meditation, or a cup of herbal tea to help you relax and prepare for sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants in the evening. We know that coffee and black tea can keep you awake. But we don’t often think of spicy foods or some herbal supplements as stimulants as well that can make it difficult to sleep.
  • Take medications in the morning instead of at bedtime if possible. Your body metabolizing medication can cause your sleep to be disturbed by having to go to the bathroom during the night.

Nite, nite!