Relax and ride a wave to sleep

August 23, 2015 0 Comments

 

Relax and ride a wave to sleep

 There are so many benefits to a good night’s sleep – from weight loss to improved immunity, happier moods and better coping skills during the day - but sometimes sleep can be hard to achieve, especially the good quality kind that’s needed to be able to enjoy the mental and physical benefits.

 So what can you do to ensure you get some A-quality Zzzs? The key is to learn how to take control of your brainwaves.

We are all very busy in today’s society – constantly getting things done, achieving and ‘doing’. This fast pace of life, as well as the pressure, sees us operating in a fast beta brainwave state for most of the day.

To relax we need to go into a slower alpha brainwave state followed by a deeply relaxed theta brainwave for sleep. If you can’t shift down the gears of your mind and slow your brainwaves then good sleep will evade you.

Here are some tips you can try at bedtime to help you optimise your state for sleep:

  • Wind down. When it’s approaching bedtime, find something that helps your brain switch off from its usual thoughts – for many this is reading a book or listening to music. Put your mobile phone or ipad aside and switch off the TV.
  • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine before bed, try a herbal blend such as Calming Elixir
  • Seems silly, but when you smile, it’s a lot harder to have stressful thoughts.
  • Let go and be present – give yourself permission to be in bed and enjoy it. Don’t rehash the day or make lists for tomorrow.
  • Take a few deep breaths into your lower belly – it will help trick your nervous system into a state of relaxation.
  • Pay attention to your posture – it’s tempting to curl up when we hop into bed, but this can restrict your breathing and make your nervous system believe you’re stressed. Try to keep an open posture with your shoulders back. This will make it easier to breathe deeply.

Elina Winnel founded My Sleep Coach in order to provide people with an effective solution to their sleep struggles.  She is an international sleep expert, researching and training in the most effective methods of treating insomnia including hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming, coaching, sound therapy, cognitive re-patterning and brain mapping. For more information on sleep coaching or tips to improve sleep visit www.mysleepcoach.com.au.





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