I have been doing a pretty good job of staying well this winter. Knock on wood. This past year I have been trying to live my life according to nature and her seasons.
This time of year I have been known to get a little down unmotivated, but now I have been looking at the shorter days differently. Winter is the time to look in and to reflect on all that the past year has taught and brought to you. If we follow the natural patterns of the earth, longer nights and less day light, we find ourselves sleeping in and finding contentment in getting more rest. I know I have been known to enjoy a nap or two a week lately. It feels so good and natural.
In order to have a good nights sleep, I have a couple of tips:
Turn off the computer, television, your phone, and any other electronics at least 1 hour before you hit the sack. Take this time to practice some yoga, share your day with your partner or friend, journal, or read a book. This will get you in a very relaxed and calm state, right where you want to before you fall asleep.
Enjoy a cup of herbal tea to unwind. Chamomile and nettle teas are my favorite to calm the nervous system and prepare your body for a good night’s rest.
Make your last meal include some form of protein. This will help to keep your blood sugar levels even throughout the night.
Try not to eat anything after dinner. Eating right before bedtime requires your digestive system to work instead of recharging for tomorrow’s duties.
Make your room a sleep haven, by dimming the lights while you are winding down and keeping it as dark as possible when its time to say good night. Your body naturally wants to shut down when it is dark, so this will encourage the process of relaxing.
I hope these tips inspire you to rest. Sleep is one of the best healers to staying well and happy this winter.
What do you do to unwind from the day and achieve a good night’s rest?