Now that we’re approaching those dreamy English summer time long and light evenings, there are so many distractions for us to avoid getting the nourishing nights sleep we really, really need.
But we all know if we go to sleep with the same energy we approach the day; rushing, wired, busy, stressed etc, then we will fail to get that deep REM sleep, which is probably the most important thing our bodies need – even more important than water, diet and exercise!
So to set yourself up for a gorgeously deep sleep is probably the best thing you can do for yourself.
Matthew Walker, top Sleep Psychologist and author of the best selling book ‘Why We Sleep’ (highly recommend you reading this) cleverly calls setting yourself up for sleep as ‘sleep foreplay.’
It can be putting some candles on, playing relaxing music, smelling essential oils or spraying them over your bed sheets, dim lighting (I recommend getting a Himalayan salt crystal lamp), staying away from any blue lights, which include your phone, TV or laptop.
Another thing I love to do before going to sleep is a few yoga poses, which enable me to come back to the breath, and really ground myself after a long day. I use the yoga to go inward, slow everything down, let whatever has happened that day or anything I have to do the following day melt away, and always seem to find magic in the stillness.
So if you’re one of those people that wonders why you didn’t sleep well last night, or just generally have trouble sleeping, perhaps you aren’t doing the right things at the moment to set yourself up right?
I promise you, just a few of these things will make such a big difference.
Whilst you’re doing the yoga in the video, perhaps you could start implementing some of the things mentioned above too – it’ll be the best nights sleep you’ve ever had.
And tag me on social media with your thoughts!