Sleep … nature’s balm for tired, weary minds. Many of my clients come for treatments in order to combat their insomnia. All of them feel the benfits of relaxation during the treatment and most of them report that they always sleep better that evening. But what can you do to promote good sleeping habits over the long-term?
Well, there’s no ‘one-size fits all’ answer. What suits one person, might not make any difference to another. However, I thought I would gather a few suggestions that have worked for myself, friends, family and clients over the years. Here are some favourites. Perhaps you might like to try them and see.
- Do 5 minutes of simple, slow stretching before getting into bed: neck and shoulder rotations, arm and hand rotations, hip and ankle rotations and a few ‘sun salutations’.
- Make a list. Get your next day’s thoughts onto paper and out of your head.
- Dip into a warm, aromatic bath. Cliche but true!
- Enjoy the ritual of making a cup of calming tea. Then sip slowly.
- Lie down. Close your eyes. Breathe slowly and deeply for 3 minutes. Focus completely on your breathing in that time.
- Take regular reflexology treatments!
- Create an uncluttered, restful bedroom.
You might also take a look here for further suggestions for a restorative sleep from NYR.
Happy snoozing everyone!