Sleepless…….

Spring can often be a time of aggravated sleeplessness.  If this is episodic for you here are a few ideas that you can use to balance your sleep cycles with those of the spring season.  If your sleep quality is an ongoing and long term concern for you – you may be surprised at how much of a difference some of the suggestions below can make – especially when you try them during the spring (wood) season.  You may also want to investigate getting support specific to your regarding the quality of sleep that you are getting.

Our sleep cycles are affected by the seasons and our constitutional make up.  In the spring we should retire early and wake and early – this is in alignment with the behavior of the sun.  Aligning your sleep cycle as much to the hours of sunrise and sunset supports the natural alignment and rhythms of the body.  Sleep can often be disturbed in the spring even if we don’t have any issues with sleeping.  Below are ways in which to support your sleep now but also support your system for the upcoming Summer Season (Fire).

  • Create the intention of beginning to prepare for or be ready for bed no later than 10:00pm.
  • If sleep is an issue for you begin to create a a bedtime ritual.
  • You may notice that you are restless or waking.  In your restlessness, allowing yourself as much rest and breathing without any external stimulation until at least 1:00am.  If at 1:00am you are awake, turn on a light and do something – NO SCREENS.  Read a book, journal, colour, puzzles, plan, make lists, organize.  Turn the light off again at 3:00am if you have not already fell asleep.
  • If you wake between the hours of 1:00am and 3:00am and you a e unable to go back to sleep, follow the advice above.  If you awake at other times – lie quiet and breath, be as restful as possible.  If this is a chronic issue – please contact me.
  • Consider giving up one or all of Coffee, Soda, Alcohol
    • Or minimizing each to 1/day, 1/week, 1/month.
  • Plan mealtimes of at least 20 minutes.  Do nothing else but eat.  Pay attention to your food and everything about it.
  • Plan many small breaks of 10 – 15 minutes into your day – rather than longer ones at longer intervals
  • Whatever you are eating – it should be 80% vegetable. 

 

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