I don't know about you, but if I don't get a good night sleep, I am not a happy camper. I know there are plenty of people out there who can function just fine off of 6/7 hours of sleep, but not me. I require 8/9! I don't know what I will do once I have children!
The key to optimal health is a balanced nervous system, which we can achieve through a lifestyle of yoga, good quality, life force charged foods, and good sleep, amongst other things. Our fast paced world we live in that is constantly bombarding us with sensory overload creates an imbalance in the mind, which connects to our central nervous system.
If our nervous system does not get adequate nourishment, we slowly start to come apart at the seams. Ensuring that we get a good night sleep can help us keep our immune systems strong, peace in our environment, and a sense of safety and security in our surroundings. I can help you in my Energy Healing Program, but here are some recommendations below as well.
Routine. In ayurveda and yoga practices, they emphasize routines and rituals. Achieving balance comes from structure in our daily lives. Waking up and going to bed at the same time each day, eating meals at the same time each day, going for daily walks, having daily tea time, sitting down to prayer/meditation or practicing asana poses are some of the best ways to implement this structure. You can read more rituals suggestions here.
Foot Soak. One ritual that I forgot about until recently, is the undeniable health benefits of a foot soak. I have been experiencing restless nights sleeps lately and this has helped me immensely! My yoga teacher, Dr. Joseph Michael Levry wrote a book called, 'The Divine Doctor", and in it he has many different suggestions for achieving optimal health.
He emphasizes just how important it is to take care of our feet. All of our organs and nerve endings meet here in the feet, and that's why reflexology is such a great alternative healing modality. He says you can cure anything by tending to your feet on a daily basis!
His suggestion is to do a foot soak in a basin of hot water with sea salt and a few drops of eucalyptus oil (which helps calm the nerves). Be sure to have enough water to cover your ankles. Massage your feet for a few minutes in the water, then let them soak for 15-20 minutes. If you do this close to bedtime, your nervous system will be nice and relaxed and you'll have grounded your energy. Paul and I love doing this before bed while watching a show - it's become our little routine in our robes! :)
Golden Milk. You can also drink golden milk while you're soaking to help calm you. The recipe is here.
Herbal Remedy. I also have found great help with the herbal supplement, I Sleep Soundly by Banyan Botanicals. It's a wonderful blend of valerian root, chammomile, skullcap and other ingredients to help calm the mind and relax the muscles. Alternatively, you could just drink skullcap or chammomile tea, or take valerian root.
Ayurveda suggests getting to bed by 10pm and waking by 6/7am. There's a great article on Balanced Sleep from Banyan Botanicals with lots of great suggestions here.
I hope this helps you get some much needed zzzzz's!