We need to clear something up right now. It’s one thing to love your bed, but it is a completely different thing for your body to crave it out of sleep deprivation. When was the last time that you got a decent night's sleep?
It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults aren’t getting the recommended 7 hours a night. This is having a huge influence on our society. I want you to think of the things you are struggling with in life right now. How is work going? What about your self esteem? Have your ambitions disappeared? ALL of these things could be improved dramatically by getting more sleep. It’s actually possible that your bad sleep schedule is the only cause. You see what I’m getting at here, it’s time that you sleep train yourself.
Sleep training is a term largely used for teaching babies and young children to sleep by themselves. There are many techniques used for kids, but adults are tricky... We can climb out of our beds and open the door. We’re going to have to get creative with our methods. Here is the Ultimate Sleep Training Guide For Adults.
Do I mean pull out your Google Calendar and set an appointment? I absolutely do. You need to treat this time with as much importance as you would any other commitment in your life. What better way than using the technology you already use and are comfortable with? Your brain knows exactly what to do with a work or hair appointment, it will know how to respond to a self care appointment as well.
2. Get Dreamy Pajamas
Life is really all about the details. Did you know that what you wear to work can affect how your workday goes? We are more likely to do something well if we have something great to wear while we do it. Humans are so silly, but the comparison stands. You’ve got to get yourself some super comfy pajamas. You might even be excited to get ready for bed just because you get to wear them. That sounds like a great time to me.
3. Set the Sleepy Mood
Are you someone who has a hard time turning your brain off? Struggle no more- There are physical aids for that. First, take a bath. Timing this is important. You don’t want to take a hot bath immediately before bed because sweating and overheating can make it harder to sleep. But if you time it 60 minutes or more before bed, your body will be relaxed and ready for rest. Combine this with some essential oils and that restless mind won’t stand a chance. A few good ones are Lavender or Eucalyptus Oil. Fuze Body actually uses a blend of ELEVEN essential oils in their SLEEP bath products. Check out the full list of products, here.
Secondly, put down your phone. Studies say that if you avoid looking at a screen for at least 30 minutes before bed, you will be able to sleep better.
Breathing techniques have been used for centuries to relax the body. They can be used immediately before bed and as often as needed. A great example is the 4-7-8 technique.
First, rest your tongue just behind your upper front teeth (keep your tongue here for the entire exercise) and audibly exhale.
Next, breath in through your nose for a mental count of four.
Then, hold your breath for a count of seven.
Finally, exhale audibly through your mouth for a count of eight.
Give it a try right now. It feels amazing.
If you are sick of hating mornings and ready for a change, it’s time for you to take care of yourself the same way you would take care of a child. Help yourself get the sleep you need to be happy!
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