Hello <<First Name>>,
Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Perhaps you struggle to fall asleep, or wake up part way through the night and can't get back to sleep. And what of nightmares?
Sleep is amazingly important. There have been fascinating studies showing the lengths animals will go to in order to sleep. For instance, dolphins will sleep with half of their brain at a time, while the other half waggles a fin to keep them afloat. And some birds sleep in milisecond increments, so they can keep flying!
If you've ever had trouble sleeping, or getting back to sleep, or suffered with nightmares, check out this blog post on the Top 7 Ways to Improve Your Sleep
As this newsletter is part of a Magic for Wellness approach, while that blog is more psychological and practical, I want to share a couple of other suggestions here.
1) Bedtime rituals
Bedtime rituals aren't just for children. It's been shown that a ritual is a good way to "programme" yourself for bed, getting yourself in the right frame of mind. And if your ritual includes de-stressing elements, so much the better.
For example, a good basis for any ritual is the idea of cleansing, grounding and resourcing.
So, you might brush your teeth and do any other nighttime hygiene things (cleansing).
Then, sit on a cushion and connect to the elements, grounding yourself in the physical world. Or design a little stretching routine to ground you in your body.
Finally, take a few moments to think about what you are most grateful for from the day you've just had. This is a simple way of sorting through the day, discarding what you don't need and bringing to mind all the highlights, things you can repeat or the memory of which makes you happier (resourcing).