Sleep is essential for wellbeing. Along with managing the mind and emotions, exercising and eating well, the quality of our sleep determines the overall health of our body.
Like the weather, our energy levels during spring can be wildly changeable. We may feel a natural upsurge one minute, but experience sluggishness the next. The unpredictable weather and longer daylight hours can also wreak havoc on our sleep patterns, leaving us run down and exhausted.
Here are some simple tips to improve the quality of your sleep during spring:
1. Spring clean the bedroom. Clear clutter and do your best to create a haven of relaxation. We shared some tips on mindfully spring cleaning at the beginning of this spring ‘how to’ series.
2. Change bed sheets weekly. Wash and hang linen outside to dry if you can.
3. Get outside for at least 10 minutes during the day. Not only does this help deepen our connection to our environment, but a lack of vitamin D (generated by exposure to daylight) is linked to many types of sleep disorders.
4. Make sure you do some exercise each day. This helps our flow of energy and supports many of the body’s systems in helping us have a restful night.
5. Don’t eat or exercise strenuously too close to bedtime. This puts pressure on the liver and large intestine and will affect the quality of your sleep.
6. Meditate for 5 minutes before bed. This helps increase the hormone melatonin which is vital for a restful night. If this is not possible, try incorporating it into you day elsewhere as you will still benefit from the practice.
7. Use essential oils to help you relax and unwind. You can read more about our Spring Blend here.
8. Have a bath with Epsom Salts. When they are dissolved in warm / hot water, and you soak in the bath, the magnesium is absorbed through the skin to help replenish magnesium levels in the body which helps you feel calm and relaxed. Alternatively, place your feet in a bowl with Epsom Salts, soaking your feet in hot water will calm an overactive mind and encourage sleep.
9. If possible, have no electronic devices in the bedroom and keep phones away from the head (or on airplane mode if you use it for an alarm).
10. If you are feeling frustrated, angry or irritated, all of the above will help calm the mind. It can be useful to write your feelings down in a private journal or talk to a friend, loved one or pet (yes, really) can also help move the stagnant energy in your body.