O’k my friends, these are tried an true techniques for a better sleep.
1.Turn off electronics. I know, we have all heard this before but it bears repeating. The electromagnetic energy and light from tv’s and computers interrupts the release of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.
2.Easy Legs Up the Wall Pose. This too I have mentioned. If we took 2 minutes and used this technique instead of grabbing sleeping aids, the overall benefits for your health and well-being would accumulate with each practice. So get your jammies on (or not;)), get your butt to the wall (or within 6-8″) and take 10 deep breathes. Heck take 20 breathes if you are really stressed.
3.Review your day backwards. I love this! I never really understood the counting sheep thing, but this meditation technique introduced to me through the writings of OSHO is a game changer. Not only do we relax our minds, but we unwind if you will, the accumulation of the days stress. In mindfully reviewing the day backwards we are releasing any attachment to the days events. You know what happens when we do the opposite….we build momentum and more stress. So relax, watch your breath and then review your day as if an observer. Do not get into the stories surrounding the events, simply observe the events….ie. its 11:00 pm. I just walked the dog and put him into his crate. I brushed my teeth and washed my face. I read for a couple of hours and had some wine. I cleaned up the kitchen while Patrick walked the dog. Dinner was delicious. I made a new recipe this evening from Oh She Glows cookbook…..you get the picture. You will fall into sleep and have also released built up tension from your day. Feel free to use during the night if you wake. On the rare occasion I have needed to repeat the exercise and before I get through it a second time, I am asleep.
Change in habits requires discipline and practice. The efforts are always worth it.