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Evening Stillness – Getting A Better Night’s Sleep

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Waking up in the morning is hard for a lot of people, and for the majority of us, we all need a pick-me-up to get us going. However, constantly feeling as though one NEEDS a pick-me-up is a sign that one’s sleep patterns, and perhaps lifestyle in general, is not supportive of a balanced, and healthy body.

After we rest, we should not feel as though we haven’t rested, and thus need something to energize our bodies – that’s what the sleep was supposed to be for.

Each person’s way of life is unique, so we shall prescribe a general restorative remedy that can help to assist in aiding a peaceful night’s rest:

Avoid Eating Right Before Bed
It is always important to wind down a hectic day by providing time for the body to orient itself for sleep mode. To that effect, try to take meals early enough to allow proper time for the digestive system to do its job, and not have to borrow sleep time to allocate energy into breaking food stuffs down in the stomach. Inadequate digestion around bedtime can lead to acid reflux. A healthful tip: if ever this should happen, it is always best to take a swig of apple cider vinegar, either straight, or in a glass of warm water.

Avoid Over-eating At Dinner Time
Dinner is usually when most people, particularly here in the west, love to eat big and bold. There are some instances where this might be a somewhat unavoidable occasion, if you are celebrating or at a dinner party of some sort, for example. In these cases, when eating to one’s capacity, it is almost assured that the following period of slumber will be less than fulfilling. Here, it is even more necessary to allot enough between meal and slumber. The next morning, try to eat light, allowing the GI tract to rest. Having the body constantly involved in breaking down large quantities of food drains energy, because the system is trying to deal with the incredible load.

Adopt a Healthy Diet
The foods that we put into our bodies are the ingredients that determine the overall health of the body, and thus determine how well it can operate on all levels, including its ability to restore. When the body is under stress internally, which results not only from outside emotional triggers, but also from the strain of maintaining biological life with inadequate parts, one certainly can not expect to be healthy, and one’s sleep will in turn suffer as well. To avoid this, fresh, real, whole foods are the prescribed remedy.

Give Yourself a Treat
There’s nothing like stepping into a tolerably hot, water-filled tub, with candles all around you, especially in the evening. If you have never tried this before, you might want to give it a go. Setting the mood is not only reserved for naughty time. Getting in the mood of rest and serenity, is one of the most powerful methods that one can utilize.

Supplement your relaxed state with a cup of Chamomile tea, sweetened with honey, if you like.

Take Some Time and Relax
Countless studies have shown that clearing the mind before we rest creates for a more peaceful and rejuvenating night’s sleep. Meditating while laying in quiet contemplative solitude for five to ten minutes, will enable the brain to better facilitate the release of melatonin, and slow physiological processes and the mind, thus gently coaxing you off to dream land.

Simply lay either with your hands at your sides or clasped together across your abdomen. If you are an abdominal breather, then breath with your abdomen, otherwise just employ regular breathing. The eye should be closed, in order to focus inward, with all lights turned off. Immersing the body in complete darkness lowers the amount of outside stimuli, promoting better inward attention.

This breathing exercise tends to lead one right off to sleep, and sometimes when you truly can let go, lucid dreaming may occur. Now, get ready to lay back, and enjoy!

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Author: Garrett S.

I am a writer, researcher, and 3D CG generalist, who developed a strong penchant for meditation and spiritual practices. I've incorporated that background into my current work manning the helm in directing my own personal animated projects, most notably of which is my "Mr. G" series, and "The Ville".

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