As a kid going to bed was my least favourite part of the day. As a teen I’d pretend to go to bed and then talk for hours on the phone hidden beneath the comforter of my bed. In early adulthood I would start projects at 11pm and stay up until the wee hours.
It wasn’t until I started reflecting honestly and openly about what was working and what wasn’t in my life that I realized I had a complete disconnect when it came to sleep. On the one hand I was desiring to feel more grounded, more alive, more enthusiastic and to have more energy and yet on the other hand I wouldn’t give my body the time for rest and recalibration that it needed.
Becoming aware of this inner contradiction opened up an opportunity for exploration, reflection, mediation and ultimately change. Today I live for sleep. It’s one of my favourite times of the day. Here’s a list of suggestions for enhancing your relationship with bedtime and sleep:
- Set a regular time for going to bed and waking up.
- Take a bath.
- Create your bedroom to reflect the nurture it will provide you as you rest.
- Read uplifting, soulful nutrition. (I love Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata)
- Reflect on your day. Anything that didn’t go as you would have liked, visualize the scene in your mind and play it out as you would have wished it to be.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Set bedtime intentions.
- Keep a dream journal.
- Use essential oils on your pillow and in your linens.
*Limit caffeine & alcohol as they greatly affect your sleep.