“Sleep is the best meditation.” ~Dalai Lama
When we consider the whole umbrella of healthy living, we think about nutrition, exercise, emotional expression, spiritual growth, along with many other aspects, but do we consider the amount of sleep we get? Sleep is a crucial piece that is needed in order to maximize the benefits of all of the above. If you do not feel rested in your mind and body it rejects all lines of learning. Think about this, when you feel rested your mind is keen and your body is energized, ready to give and receive more energy. You need to fill your own tank in order to reap the benefits of life.
Wayne Dyer has said that 5 minutes of meditation is like 7 hours of sleep for him. He is a master! I meditated for 15 minutes yesterday, the sun shining on me provided more energy. I absolutely felt more vibrant and alive throughout the day. I also know that I need a good night’s sleep. A few hours doesn’t cut it for me. When I meditate or rest for about an hour that does revive me, but let’s also look at prevention. Some steps that have helped me get a good night’s sleep:
Take a warm bath or shower before bed
Read a book
Listen to a guided imagery/relaxation CD as you lay in your bed
Take a melatonin supplement, ask your doctor to recommend a reputable one
No caffeine or alcohol 5 hours before bedtime
Wind down with calming activities
Exercise during the day, no exercise just before bedtime
Meditate during the day
Express yourself emotionally and spiritually throughout your day
Journal your thoughts and feelings
Eat healthy with lots of fruits and veggies, and don’t forget your green smoothie!:) Don’t drink your smoothie before bed, however, or you will be emptying your bladder throughout the night. Yes, I learned that one night! Drink your smoothie in the morning and right after working out in order to replenish your energy and muscle tone.
Sleep with no light in your room, or very little, if you need light.
Drink a sleepy tea like chamomile before bed.
I give my girls a back massage each night as they cuddle into bed. It’s our calming ritual that binds us in many ways.
Happy slumbers, all. Remember, replenish, give to yourself and others, replenish…always fill your tank! Rest will come naturally the more you love and care for yourself. Wishing you all a salubrious day!