Okay you guys, something you may not know about me… I love sleep! Not just the act of sleeping (because who doesn’t), but also the HEALING power of sleep.
The only problem is most of us do not get the adequate DEPTH or LENGTH of sleep our bodies need to truly HEAL. So I wanted to share a few ways that will support your natural sleep rhythms (also known as our circadian rhythm) so that you can get real sleep that will aid in your healing journey. Oh and this applies to your kiddos too:
Building Routine- As parents we think this is great for kids, but guess what?!? Routine is an amazing tool for all humans. It actually signals our brain that we are getting ready for the next event. Routine should be unique to your personal needs, but my all time favorites are diffusing relaxing oils 30 minutes before bedtime, journaling about my day, listening to a sleepy time meditation, or curling up with a good book.
Eliminate blue light/EMF- This means power down those cell phones, tablets and computers. Personally I keep mine on airplane mode while I sleep, and everything else is shut off. If you need to get some work done after the sun has gone down, try out some blue light glasses. These block out the blue lights, so that your body knows it’s night time and can start to prep for bed time.
Posture- This should be a blog on its own, but I’ll give you a few tips now. Sleep on your back? Try using no pillow. This allows your neck to be in alignment with your shoulders (yes even kids). If you need a pillow, then place it below your shoulders so you’re propped up. Side sleeper? Make sure there’s enough pillow that supports your head to be in alignment with the middle of your chest. Otherwise you’ll create a kink in your neck. For some a pillow between the knees supports their hips. More to come on that.
Natural Sleep Supplements- Now this is mainly for us stressed out adults. If you have been using a supplement such as melatonin, this can actually do more harm than good. Our body naturally produces melatonin, so to have an outside source stops our body from producing it. Rather I suggest use of a blend of herbs and essential oils to support the body’s natural ability to make melatonin. Reach out if you’d like more information.
Know your sleep cycle- Remember when you knew when your baby was getting sleepy, and if they didn’t get the right amount of sleep they would be in a bad mood? Well the same goes for us adults! We go through one cycle of sleep in about 90 minutes (babies is 45 minutes), so when planning out bedtime and wake up time, shoot for increments of 90 minutes (6, 7.5, or 9 hours etc).
Get your brain checked for imbalances- Time and time again I have seen both kids and adults sleep deeper and better after being adjusted. Stress is stored in our body (even when we think we aren’t stressed) and this can cause an imbalance in the area of our brain that regulates our sleep patterns. Once that is re-balanced that brain is able to send out the proper messages to our body and initiate proper sleep.