All too often I meet people who tell me they need a better nights sleep or that they just need more sleep. If you or someone you know falls into this
category – these tips will help.
Do your best to get to bed and ready for sleep before 10:30pm
No bright lights, TV or computer 1-2 hours before going to bed.
Eat for your metabolic type. If you are not sure of your metabolic type contact me and I’ll show you how to work it out.
Engage your Parasympathetic Nervous System with some deep diaphragmatic breathing or some gentle stretching, yoga or Tai Chi for 10-20 minutes.
Try not to have too much to drink 3-4 hours before going to bed.
Avoid coffee after 12 noon.
Avoid alcohol 4-5 hours before going to bed.
Allow fresh air into the room.
Leave cell phones, computer etc out of the room.
Have a warm bath or shower before bed.
Make the room dark.
Exercise during the day.
Go to bed and get up at regular time.
Keep the bedroom for sleep and sex – not for watching TV or do work.
Turn power plugs near your head off at the wall, and, or move your head away from power plugs.
If you are doing all of the aforementioned and still not able to get to sleep and or sleep right through the night then you may like to investigate some of these:
• Adrenal fatigue – can cause disrupted sleep patterns – and make you feel like tired but wired enough to not be able to get to sleep. If you think this might be you contact me and I’ll send you out a questionnaire or organise some hormonal adrenal fatigue tests for you
• Neuro Linguistic Programming – can often reset and or over ride bad sleeping habits. Click the NLP button at http://www.mbsht.co.nz and ask Amanda for her latest “Your Sleep, Love It!” audio CD. I have used this myself and it is fantastic.
• Epson salts baths are a great way to unwind from a busy day. Be careful though, not all epson salts are created equal – these are the best I’ve found to date http://www.samwalker.co.nz/epsom-salts.htm