Sleeping is quite possibly one of my favorite things to do, and it should be one of your favorite things too. Getting enough shuteye (7-8 hours per night for most of us) basically guarantees you a better quality of life all around. A rested mind and body improves mood, memory and concentration. Want to lose weight, look younger, feel more sexual, improve skin tone and live longer? Sleep! Want to keep from getting sick and feel stronger at the gym or yoga class? SLEEP! When we sleep, our bodies rest and restore. People with healthy sleeping habits have the lowest rates of heart disease. The brain’s plasticity, which helps us learn and process, is maintained by sleep. Sleep releases growth hormones, which boost muscle mass and repairs cells and tissues. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. So why is it that so many of us are struggling to get to bed? Why are we waking up in the middle of the night, staring at the clock, cursing at the sun when it slowly illuminates our bedrooms?
Try skipping the Merlot, beer, scotch or any other alcoholic beverage on most nights, especially those before an early wake up call. Have a light dinner (remember the old saying, breakfast like a queen, lunch like a commoner, dinner like a beggar) and put the fork down a couple of hours before bed time (if you can). Put your phone away and turn off your TV and computer an hour before you want to hit the hay. Instead, try reading, drawing, journaling, meditating or better yet have sex (responsibly of course). These activities can help stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system (our bodies relaxation response) as well as reduce stress, helping us get a better night sleep.
The way your bedroom and bed looks and feels can help you achieve a more restful slumber. Bedrooms should invoke a sense of peace and inspiration. You should feel nurtured, serene and comfortable the moment you walk in. Invest in a good organic mattress and simple organic cotton sheets. Get creative with your linens; mix textures, patterns, pillows. Keep the lighting soft, especially in the evening, and make sure your curtains block out most light. Keep your room clean and uncluttered. Creating a space that invokes a calm mind, body and spirit will surely help you get enough z’s.
Here are a few of my favorite bedroom inspirations……how dreamy.