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Are you getting enough (good) sleep? 3 ways to make sure you do.

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My “dream” yacht.

Sleep is the best meditation” ~ Dalai Lama.

I love sleeping. And dreaming. About all kinds of things. From sailing around the Hawaiian islands in my very own yacht [which I dream of having!], to enjoying passionate love-making for hours + hours… (there, I said it!).

But the reality is, I don’t always get as much sleep as I need. Do you?

I have healthy intentions, but… there’s just so much to do. Really!

I’ve been better about it lately though, and I feel the difference. Deep restful sleep… Waking up refreshed in the morning, energized + ready to go.

What helped me get back on track with my sleeping habits? Must be the tips in the video below, which I made for you. And me.

I pride myself on practicing what I preach (but I’m human, + sometimes those 1AM or 2AM bedtimes creep back in – not that I’m out partying… There’s just so much to do. Really!).

So for me, and for you, this video is a helpful reminder.

It’s tips are simple. But ones we need to hear.

Like:

1.   Maintain a consistent sleep schedule

2.   Make sure your environment supports sleep

This could include:

• Turning off your phone or Mobile Device

• Darkening your room by turning off computers and the TV; and

• Being comfortable (which means the temperature in the room is just right, your mattress feels good, etc.).

3.   Clear your mind before you go to sleep

• Write down your thoughts in a journal

• Do some deep breathing + meditate to still your mind, or,

• Visualize yourself sleeping soundly + restfully all night.

xo.

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P.S. What do you do to make sure you get a good night’s sleep?

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15 Comments
  1. I want to remember my dreams, but most often I don’t. I’d be so grateful for suggestions?

  2. Hi Jenn: You might try giving yourself a suggestion, right before you go to sleep, along the lines of:

    “I give myself permission to remember any dream that I have tonight because _____________________________________.” [fill in the blank.]

    You can say the suggestion out loud, or silently in your mind.

    Example: “I give myself permission to remember any dream that I have tonight because I’d like to be in touch with that part of myself. And so it is.”

    Hope that helps!

  3. I’m going to try that 10 minute power nap you talk about on the video. Great suggestion, great blog! Thanks.

  4. Hi Pete: The power nap really works! It got me through law school on about 2 hours of sleep/night (no kidding, there was a LOT to learn!). Those refresher naps kept me energized + mentally sharp. Enjoy.

  5. I’m on top of the 3 tips in the blog. The thing is I wake up during the night, and that’s it – can’t get back on the sleep train for several hours. Any tips?

  6. I find in the American culture ‘naps’ are seen as being lazy. In Scandinavia where I lived and worked, we actually had a nap room so that employees could go and lay down for 10-15 minutes (instead of a cigarette break or drinking tons of coffee).

    It’s amazing what you can train your body to do.

    Naps work and we need to change of our culture to allow for them = GUILT FREE!

  7. Hi Sheryl: Many people who wake in in the middle of the night, have found it helpful to write down what they’re thinking or feeling at that time (a purging of sorts).

    Also, some self-talk along these lines might be useful:

    “Whatever I’m thinking or feeling is important, but it can wait till morning … because right now I need my rest. My body needs to rest, my mind needs to rest, so I can wake-up in the morning refreshed + ready to go. Good night. :)”

  8. Hi AnnaMaria: A nap room – I love it! And I especially love anything that’s guilt-free. I hope the powers that be, in our wonderful U.S. of A., take heed of your suggested change. :)

  9. Ah, I just woke up from a nap! I feel so refreshed. I’ve always been able to lie down and sleep soundly for 10 minutes – and wake up ready to go.

  10. All I DOZE is relax and SNORE enough, I SLEEP off to EYELID THEATER. It should come as no real SNOOZE that the REST of the night is spent in peaceful SLUMBERLAND. Z’s is the way to maintain a healthy body and mind. Hey, it’s also good for my moldy old carcass and nutty noggin.

  11. Hi Pam: Ooh, you’ve nailed the power nap! Awesome. :)

  12. Hi Ron: I’m wondering if you smile in your sleep, because you sure are funny in your waking moments. :)

  13. I find I wake up in the middle of the night, most nights. So I usually read for a while and then eventually go back to sleep. I do find that an eye cover does help me fall asleep – and sleep in, even after the sun is up.

  14. Thanks so much for this blog. The past week I’ve had something on my mind that’s made it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. I’m going to try your suggestions in #3.

  15. Hi Karen: #3 ought to take care of you. I have a feeling you’re going to sleep like a happy baby, tonight. :)