As much as I love sleep, it doesn’t love me. My mind decides to run wild with thoughts as soon as my head hits the pillow. Every ache and pain screams at me, my skin itches, I think of what I’m going to cook for dinner the next day… whatever that will keep me from feeling relaxed and ready to sleep. I would love to be a morning person, get my workout done and feel ready to start the day, but the constant lack of a full nights sleep has me starting most my days out in zombie mode.
Last night I decided to download a meditation app called Calm. It has different mediation exercises, sleep stories and soothing music. The first week is free, so I thought, I would give it a shot. I also, went back to my yoga studio, a place I hadn’t been since February! Yoga class felt needed. My body stretched with the heat and fought with me and it’s tightness. I left the class feeling like I did something good for myself, away from my phone and voice, just me and my body, in the moment. I came home, made a salad and glass of water with lemon. I went to bed early, listening to one of the sleep stories on the Calm app. My body began to relax at once, and I fell into the most peaceful sleep! Although I did wake up a few times during the night, I was able to fall back asleep and wake up feeling mostly rested. With the sun shining, feeling awake and hydrated, my commute to work was vastly improved from the day before. Oh, what a difference sleep and sun will make! Like my mediation repeated to me, “Now is a time, to let your body rest. Your thoughts can wait until tomorrow”. Allow yourself to rest, you deserve it!
What are tricks and tips you find that help you sleep and relax at night? I would love to learn more how everyone takes care of themselves.