Insomnia can happen to any one of us at different times in our lives. Sometimes it’s a chronic sense of worry that can keep us up at night. Other times it’s just that we’re going through something challenging and sleep eludes us. If you find yourself up at night, here are eight tips to help you get a better night of sleep.
1. Keep clutter at bay.
Everything is energy. We are energy beings and are sensitive to energy around us. If your bedroom has clutter, eliminate that clutter in order to get a more restful sleep. All of that clutter can disturb you even if you don’t realize it. You can sort through the clutter by throwing away what you don’t need, keeping and putting it in its proper place, or donating it so someone else can enjoy it. Get rid of that clutter and a flow of peaceful, calming energy can return to your bedroom.
2. Wind down.
Before you hit the hay, it’s helpful to wind down your evening activities. Prepare for a restful, uninterrupted sleep by creating a nightly routine. Play soothing music, exercise earlier in the day. Cut back on caffeine and sugar. Watch what you eat and drink after 5:00 pm.
3. Do a nightly review.
At the end of each day, write in a journal as part of your nightly routine. Get in the habit of journaling about your day as creative expression. Creativity in the form of writing is an excellent way to make you feel better. By reviewing your day through writing, you can also get out what may have bothered you as well as see what’s worth celebrating about the day.
4. Create an action plan.
Create an action plan based on what you wrote in your nightly journal, so you can resolve the issues in your life. Whether you’re up at night worrying about your relationships, job, or well-being, being proactive will reduce the worry and stress in your life that can keep you up at night. Decide to talk to your partner, look for a new job or take a class that makes your heart sing. Whatever it is you may need to make changes in your life, know that you are empowered to create that life for yourself.
5. Know that you have support.
Insomnia can make you feel that you’re alone. Reach out to people you trust and share your feelings with them. Find a mentor who can help you express your feelings and give you helpful feedback. Sometimes a fresh perspective is all it takes to help you feel less isolated.
6. Be grateful.
Keeping a gratitude journal to keep track of what you’re grateful for will help you see the glass half full instead of half empty. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in everything that’s wrong in our lives. This negativity can contribute to a lack of good, quality sleep. Feeling grateful raises our awareness about what’s right in our lives. The Universe responds by giving us more things to be grateful about.
7. Bring the outdoors in.
Many of our bedrooms contain televisions, cell phones, and other electrical devices. This can create some static energy. You can move those televisions to other rooms and bring the outdoors in. Create an oasis in your bedroom with plants and flowers including lavender. You can put a potted lavender plant on your bedside table or find a good quality lavender essential oil and dab it on your pulse points. Lavender is known for its calming and healing properties and the aromatherapy benefit is a plus to a splendid night’s sleep.
It’s not necessary to do a formal lotus style meditation if you’re up at night and suffering from a lack of sleep. If you find yourself looking at the clock at 3 am, talk to God and then listen. Prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening. Have a spiritual conversation. This is a combination of passive and active meditation and will make you feel heard, listened to, and supported. Developing your relationship with God in this way can contribute to strong feelings of well-being, not only at night but all day long, where the root of insomnia often begins. Meditate when you can’t sleep and you’ll feel comfort and peace, so sleep will elude you no more.