Christine Hassler: What Are You Going To Bed With?
It is time to be more mindful about what you are sleeping with so that you wake up with a clear mind.
"A well-spent day brings happy sleep." -- Leonardo da Vinci
Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Are you sleep deprived? After a night of sleep, do you still wake up feeling tired? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, a change in your evening routine is a must.
What do you do right before you go to bed? Does it involve any of these things: checking your phone, emailing, playing on the Internet, working on your computer or watching television? Exposing ourselves to any of these devices stimulates our brain during a time when our mind needs to be winding down so we can rest. With increased stimulation and exposure to the electromagnetic waves our gadgets emit, it is harder for our body to enter the deep sleep that is most nourishing and reinvigorating.
I know many of you sleep with your phone next to your bed, and I’m highly encouraging you to keep it in a separate room. It, along with your computer and TV, is an unwelcome visitor in your bedroom. Not only is it bad feng shui, it’s bad for your health.
If you do avoid the electronics, many of you are drifting off with worrisome visions dancing in your head. Or you are taking judgments of yourself or others with you to bed. Or perhaps negative emotions like sadness, anger or fear are keeping you awake at night. You don’t have to sleep with any of these things, either. If you are anxious or experiencing emotion, use a tool called “free-form writing.” Grab some blank paper and just begin mind-dumping. Make sure to write stream-of-conscious; don’t worry about making sense or being able to read your handwriting. Keep writing until you experience a shift in state and feel more peaceful. Rip up the paper or burn it when you are done. And if your mind is full of criticism of yourself and/or others, make sure to engage in forgiveness before you hit the hay. You don’t want those judgments lurking around when you are trying to rest.
Today I encourage you to UPdate your nightly routine so you have at least one hour before you drift off to sleep to rid yourself of all of these rest risk factors. Listen to music, read a calming book, take a bath, journal and do anything that feels soothing to you. Your sleep should take up a third of your day and is a key factor for waking up to a productive day and a healthy you. Don’t go another night without some good sleep.
“Don’t fight with the pillow, but lay down your head / And kick every worriment out of the bed.” -- Edmund Vance Cook
“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” -- Charlotte Brontë
Christine Hassler is a former Hollywood agent and achievement addict turned best-selling author, life coach and speaker known for offering radical reflection with practical direction. She teaches people how to overcome their Expectation Hangovers® and answer the questions: who am I, what do I want and how do I get it. Get her free weekly lessons at www.christinehassler.com and follow her on Twitter.