Experts state that sleep is important for not only your body, but you mind function as well. Sleep allows your body to charge and reset, if we're lucky. Let's be honest, feeling refreshed after a night sleep is something that most of us rarely feel. If anything, we feel like we could sleep another ten hours. In reality, there could be several reasons why your body and mind still feel exhausted and hazy when rising after a slumber. Everybody has their own struggles throughout the day, whether it be your boss, a flat tire, or a burnt piece of toast. All I know is, lack of sleep or bad quality of sleep should not be the cherry on top to our already hectic lives.
When you lay your head down on the pillow after a long day, what comes to mind? For most, it isn't that simple. I'm sure your minds run all over the place. Your stress, anxiety, and angst tend to follow you everywhere. It's time to leave all of that at the door. You can do so by helping to invest in your comfort level when crawling into bed. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but it's so true. Laying your head on a pillow that helps to align your spine, support your neck, and doesn't make you sweat can be absolutely life changing when it comes to your thought process in bed and can improve sleep quality. Think about it, it can be irritating when you're fussing with your pillow and trying to find a good position that doesn't make your arm tingle. Going to bed irritated and uncomfortable will trickle into the following day as well! Invest in your comfort & sleep like a damn dream, not a nightmare.
I am a firm believer that feng shui can make or break the feeling of a room. When you walk into your bedroom, what kind of feeling do you get? Do you feel comfort, safety and serenity? If not, perhaps it's time to switch it up! Good airflow is key. Incorporate more plants, open the windows, and make sure your blinds are open enough for good airflow. Rotate your bed so that it is not centrally aligned with the door. Pick a different wall, pull it away from the wall so that it can be accessed from both sides, or even switch the side you sleep on. Limit your electronic devices (I know, this one is tough). Your bedrooms primary purpose should be for sleep and relaxation. Electronics can be distracting and tend to steal good energy, which can prevent you from having a good night sleep. Consider a different paint color. Earthy colors are great for triggering the mind to rest and relax. I know, it's a lot to think about. I believe feng shui is super important if you are wanting to promote good energy, give it a shot and see how you feel!
Typically, when most of us think about sleep, we mostly think about sight and touch because they are the most obvious. Light can be irritating and noise is never ideal when it comes to relaxation. Smell tends to get overlooked, but it also can directly impact sleep quality. Aromatherapy with distinct scents such as, lavender, eucalyptus, sage, and vanilla has the potential to promote better sleep, ease the process of waking up, and even influence dreams and memory formation during sleep. I personally, have trained my brain to relax when I smell rose essential oils. I put a small amount on a tissue and stick it inside my pillow case nightly. Rose essential oils can often help to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, and increase libido. I didn't know all of that when I first began doing my nightly ritual, however, I was not upset when I learned it! I have now trained my body to identify sleep with that specific smell, I swear, a couple of whiffs and I am out like a light some nights.
Lastly, clean your bedsheets! Plain and simple, crawling into a clean bed is one of the greatest feelings. We all are familiar with that cozy feeling, set aside some time weekly to clean those sheets! And don't skimp on the fabric softener. Improving your sleep quality can be the key to waking up on the right side of the bed (pun intended). Insure that extra pep in your step with a few extra Zzz's, you know you'll be a ray of light when you walk into the office with a full night's rest. Remember, Create good intentions for yourself & remember to breathe deep, you are worthy.
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