Did you know that you can actually practice good sleep?
While for some people a restful good night’s sleep has never been an issue, for others it’s a far-fetched friend, illusive at times and periodical at best.
But even though we cannot control our sleep, there are ways to train the body and mind to make room for better sleep routines, of both falling asleep and staying sleeping through the night.
Because sleeping is a habit, and if we attend to it with focus and awareness we can change bad habits into good habits. Think of the parts that surround your going to bed, your falling asleep.
If you spend the evenings running the last bits of the day together, planning for important meetings into late hours, or perhaps having a last cup of coffee much too late, chances are that you are preparing for a sleepless night.
Better ways to end a day is to let the mind and body relax. Gentle and calming activities such as reading a good book, listening to quiet music, or contemplating the day coming to an end, maybe planning for tomorrow. With soft lighting and a slowing down of pace, to provide and aid the natural cycle to take place.
Maybe the day just does not have enough hours for you to finish all the things needing to be done. I then invite you to add 10-15 minutes of silence before bed. Sit down someplace where there is less external stimuli, or dim the lights, maybe light a candle. Use a blanket or pillows to make for a comfortable and cosy feel, and close your eyes. Let all the thoughts that jump around in your head slowly come to rest, take notice of them being there but try not to solve them or engage in them. They will surely be there tomorrow as well. However if there is something of importance, keep a note pad next to you and write it down. With that you can tell yourself that the matter will be addressed in the morning.
And just breath. Feel your body, just feel it, do not try much at anything, instead just let yourself be free of effort and will.
When you are done, say a silent thank you; to yourself for taking the time, or to the events that occurred during the day, and make your way to lie down to sleep.