Sleep- sweet, deep, and restful. That’s what we all hope for right?
But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.
Maybe you find yourself popping wide awake in the middle of the night, or maybe you climb under your covers only to find yourself tossing + turning and not falling asleep, or maybe… you do sleep but you wake feeling not-that-rested.
That’s no fun. So I put together these 3 tips for sound-er sleep.
1-Move your body.
If you spend much of your day sitting or doing repetitive motions you might have areas in your body that hold excess tension. Do some gentle movement to release some of that tension. Something as simple as 5 minutes of yoga, going for a walk, or dancing around the kitchen while dinner cooks can be quite helpful.
With the rush-rush of daily living you might notice your breathing has become shallow. Deepening your breath will help activate the relax response in your body. A simple way to deepen your breath is to do belly breathing. Try this as you lay down to go to sleep- allow your belly to expand on inhale, and relax on exhale.
Then count the length of your exhale (1-2-3-4) while allowing your inhale to be free. Every two or so breaths see if you can extend your exhale by one count. Keep it easy and never push your breath longer than is comfortable. Lengthening your exhale is another way to activate the relax response in your body.
Play with those a bit and let me know how it goes.
Nighty night! Don’t let the bed bugs bite.