Hi Beautiful. How did you sleep last night? I can’t believe I haven’t done a detailed post yet on my all time favorite pastime – sleep! I know you know sleep is important but do you know exactly how important it is? And what happens when you don’t get enough of it? Or how to go about getting good sleep?
Let’s start with some stats. 64% of Americans experience sleep issues. Almost 87 million people don’t get enough sleep. Look at the picture, 1/3 of Americans have insomnia – 1/3!!!! 9 million people in the US use sedatives to help them sleep. OMG that is not good. I could do a whole post on the detrimental effects of certain sleeping pills, like sleep eating -eeeks.
OK so we don’t sleep, so what right? No no, the list of effects of not getting sleep are long and scary. We fall so short of the recommended 7 hours of sleep, that the CDC has declared America’s lack of sleep a national health issue. I have said many times that sleep is your reset button. This is our bodies time to perform some serious routine maintenance. Sleep allows muscles to relax and repair. It allows our brains to declutter and sift through what we have experienced, making room for more experiences. Sleep allows our systems the time to reboot so we can get up and do it all over again. Actually, while we sleep, our mind and body are quite busy. When we go without sleep our reaction times decreases, our memory, attention and concentration suffer. Our productivity and creativity suffer. Lack of sleep induces stress and anxiety. Lack of sleep also ages our brain and in the long term has been associated with dementia (in the short term you can’t remember why you walked into a room). Without good sleep we can set ourselves up for heart disease, mental illness, diabetes, cancer, weight gain (yup – we mess with our brain chemicals that tells us we are full) and compromised immunity. Yikes!
Doom and Gloom? Nah. We can fix this. Feng Shui your way to better sleep. Oxford defines Feng Shui as “in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy…” I promise not to get all woo-woo on you here but thee are some basics you can do to make your bedroom more conducive to sleeping. There are some non feng shui things you can do as well that I will mention briefly.
Your bedroom should be a place of calm and tranquility. Not where WWE resides and movie night happens – that is what your living space is for. Your bed should be the focal point of your bedroom. It is the most important piece of furniture you own so don’t cheap out on it. Buy a good mattress (maybe not the 10k one but a decent one). Place your bed so you have room on either side for a night table. Make sure there is space under your bed for creepy clowns – lol just messing you, you want to have that space for air to flow through. Make sure all doors at bedtime are closed. Open your windows for fresh air or if you can’t, get an air purifier. A diffuser with some essential oils, good for sleep, will do nicely. Use a few drops of lavender, cedarwood (my 2 favs for sleep), juniper, chamomile, bergamot,jasmine, sage, or frankincense ( I have frankincense and ceadrwood as well just not listed on my shop).
OK, so now you have a good bed, a dark room, good air, closed doors there are a couple of other feng shui things to do. Paint your bedroom calming, cozy hues. Nothing neon or too bold here folks. If you want a pop of color use hues from nature. Use a light blue or green or pink, earth, ocean and sky colors. Use peaceful artwork or favorite pieces that bring you comfort. No dogs playing poker here or The Scream. Finally, you know this is coming right, remove electronics from your bedroom. This is where I lose people but I am telling you from experience and ongoing studies in my own bedroom this is a game changer. The most glaring one is the television. I don’t have to explain to you why this needs to leave your bedroom, but it surely does. Not only is it a huge distraction but the light it emits, even off, keeps your brain waves humming and sleep eluding you. I do realize you will not put your phones in another room but put them in sleep mode with the light facing down, turn the ringer off and shut down all apps so it doesn’t ding in the middle if the night when someone else who can’t sleep ‘candy crushes’ you at 3am. FB and Instagram can wait, I swear. There is an exception to the phone folks – whaaat? Yup, download a meditation app and use it before you go to sleep and if you wake up and can’t get back to sleep. Try Calm.com. It is one of my favs for meditation and sleep stories. I have yet to get through a sleep story – this would be great for those wake up and can’t get back to sleep. Insight Timer is anther great one.
Ok still with me? real quick. You have feng shui’d your room. Some other tips for getting good sleep- read in bed for a few minutes – a book not a magazine, something your mind can really focus on and relax not jumping from article to article with bright ads strewn inbetween. There are a few foods that help promote sleep:
And finally if sleep still eludes you, try a natural sleep aid. There are two I like. Melatonin is the most recognized. Take 1-5 mg 20 minutes before bedtime. It is, however, not intended for long term use. Melatonin is naturally produced in your brain with the day/night cycle. So if you get outside during the day and make your bedroom dark at night, your melatonin production will be 👍🏼. The other is a combination product that has melatonin but it also has 5HTP ( an amino acid and precursor to serotonin) and Suntheanine (an amino acid form of L-thaeanine, found naturally in green tea. Promotes calm and relaxation). This one below is called Tranquil Sleep
Feng shui your way to good sleep. Use these other little tools I also have given you. It is one of the most important things you can do for your health, wellness and vitality .
There are three pillars of health : Diet, Exercise and Sleep!!!
I would argue there is a fourth: Stress Management. Stay tuned….