|Posted on 1 January, 2017 at 20:50|
Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of people saying they are having trouble sleeping. Sleep is an integral part of life and depending what stage of life you’re in depends how much sleep you need.
Sleep helps us not only reserves and conserve the energy we’ve used during the day so that we can go about our day tomorrow. But it’s
also integral for our bodily functions and the repair of damaged tissue within the body.
Within TCM as well as naturopathic medicine there is also a common belief that during certain times of the night is when different organs are restoring. Each of these organs also represents an emotion so if you are waking during these times and there is no underlying cause for it, it could be related to these issues.
For example: Waking up between 3am and 5am is your lungs. This time and organ is also associated with your immune system as well as grief. You may find that waking during these times if you are struggling with grief or sorrow about something. Imbalances may also show up as wheezing, coughing, asthma or getting sick easily.
There can also be environmental factors on why you may be having trouble sleeping
Watching tv, on your phone or other device right before bed, The room isn’t dark enough, Wi-Fi is on, electrical devices directly behind the other side of the wall where your bed head is and much more.
10 Strategies to help me sleep better:
1. One coffee/drinks with caffeine a day max
2. Stick to a sleep schedule. This includes weekends. This helps regulate your body clock and help you fall asleep faster.
3. Exercise daily including breathing and yoga practice
4. No technology at least 30 mins before bed. And preferably no technology in the bedroom. If you can have all devices including your phone in a different room. If you must have it in your room, put it on the other side of the room from where you are sleeping
5. Phone off at 7.30-8pm
6. Evaluate your bedroom. Your bedroom should be cool at night, dark and if you have any electronic devices on the wall where your bed head is you need to move it or move your bed.
7. Turn the Wi-Fi off at night
8. Lay on the ground with your legs up against the wall every night for 10 mins. This yoga pose helps relax you and get ready for sleep.
9. Meditate/deep breathing. This can be done whilst your legs are up against the wall. There are some great guided mediation tracks on you tube.
10. Avoid eating sugary sweets before bed.
If you are still having trouble sleeping. Come in and see us for a consultation so that we may get to the cause and get you sleeping like a baby in no time.
Insight Natural Wellness