A while ago I had real issues with sleep. Once I fell asleep I was all fine, but the art of falling asleep was something I just couldn’t master. Now, on the other hand, I’ve found three things that makes me fall asleep the second I decide to do so.
Massage my feet
When I studied natural medicine I got a crash course in reflexology which I found super interesting. The theory is that the soul (the underside of the foot) reflects our whole body – it’s packed with different zones that are believed to corresponded to specific areas of the body. You can see it visually here. By putting pressure on these areas you can heal everything from headaches, bad digestion, stress etc.
Right before I go to sleep I grab my coconut oil and start massaging my feet. It feels amazing and it’s so calming to me. I don’t massage any specific areas – I just rub my whole foot and focus on the areas that feels a little uncomfortable. This just takes me about 2 minutes, but really works wonders.
I imagine blending in some sleep supporting essential oils would be beneficial as well. I would love to try adding lavender, frankincense, vetiver or roman chamomile!
I’ve written about this before (here), and I’m still a huge fan.
Yoga nidra is something I do after my foot massage at times when I feel like my body is very tense, or I have way to many thoughts flying around up there. I lay in bed, put on this podcast and follow the instructions.
It’s very calming for both body and mind – I sometimes fall asleep while I’m listening to it.
This is something I do every single day, no exception.
What tends to keep me up at night is my thoughts. It can be worries, but just as often happiness. I can’t seem to stop thinking about all the fun things I’m looking forward to, or everything I have to be grateful for. And I mean, that’s a good thing, but not very sleep provoking!
What I do is that I find a comfortable position to fall asleep in, and start breathing (since I don’t normally breathe throughout the day…) When I inhale I say in my mind “inhale”. When I exhale I say in my mind “exhale”. And I fall asleep instantly. It always works! (knock on wood.) But if your thoughts start flying again, just go back to the breath. Again and again and again until you fall asleep.
Other than these three tings I’ve made an habit of:
not drinking too much water before bed
going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (23:00 – 07:30)
making sure my bedroom is cold and comfortable
making sure my bedsheets aren’t itchy
and not having coffee after 2 pm in the day