A good night’s sleep is a healthy day ahead. We underestimate how crucial sleep is for our well-being and balance. When we sleep, if we sleep in a healthy way, we regenerate and restore. While sleeping every cell of our body gets renewed and Prana- or life energy- quietly embraces and nurtures our being.
Every night we go to sleep is like closing one cycle to begin a new one. Like living the past behind to move on in a clean slate. Every morning we wake up like newborn babies, and if we are conscious we have the opportunity for a new clean start. During sleep, consciousness connects to our physical body to restore us, to prepare us for living vibrantly.
The truth is, most of us usually go to sleep just letting go of ourselves unconsciously to forget everything, but in this way, we only rise to continue the same story. We take with us into sleep our whole lug of thoughts and worries and, take it on our shoulders once more with the first thought in the morning. Sometimes waking up more tired than when we went to sleep. If we could only love ourselves and honor this life that we are, we may make the time before sleep a ritual practice of self-care, and awareness.
To live with clarity we need to find balance. Sleep is the time when we become balanced. If our sleep is poor either in quality or quantity we wear ourselves out, and we become weak and unbalanced: not only physically, but mentally & emotionally. When we are balanced and the quality of our sleep is good we only need 5-6 hr sleep. Oversleeping as much as not sleeping well are signs of being unbalanced.
Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart -Rumi
How to make the time before sleep a Conscious Self-care ritual
- Try to sleep before eleven so you can rise with the sun and align with the natural rythm of nature.
- Eat a light meal 2-4hr before sleep. We may go to sleep having fully digested our food, as our vital organs take turns to rest and regenerate from 10:00 pm on.
- Turn off your computer, and leave your phone aside a minimum of40 min before going to bed.
- Take a shower to relax before sleep. Shower not only cleanses your physical body but also your energetic body.
- Hydrate yourself: drink a tepid glass of water before going to bed.
- Do not read in bed or watch TV. Instead, do a review of your day and a gratitude practice. Become aware of what you have and be grateful.
- Lay on your back and take a deep breath through the nose, then exhale through the mouth releasing any tension. Then scan your body with your awareness from the feet to your head relaxing it part by part.
- How you go to sleep will set the mode for the next day. If you go to sleep in gratitude you will wake up feeling grateful and joyful. If you go to sleep angry or ungrateful you will take that with you for the next day. You can always focus on the bright side of life and multiply that!
How is your sleep?