Last night I had the best nights sleep for ages. I slept right through with out waking, no need for the toilet, no feeling overheated, no quilt wars, amazing! I felt so refreshed when I woke to the sound of the dawn chorus (never mind that this was provided by the fancy daylight alarm clock rather than actual birds!).
So the secret?
Well, as odd as it sounds I’m pretty sure it was down to me clearing out my underwear drawer before bed last night!
As I went to put my clean washing away I realised that the drawer was never going to shut and I knew it was time for action. It was also bin collection day today so that inspired me to get on and get rid!
I emptied everything out and only put back in what I knew I would actually use. The draws then shut easily and looked so much better and I felt so much better, happier!
I think there are a few ways to explain why this led to a good night’s sleep…
1) The mind, body connection. Sorting my underwear out was a sitting down job. It stopped me rushing around before bed. I sat cross legged and focused my mind on the task at hand. The busyness of my thoughts eased as I allowed my body to be still. Once my body was still my mind followed suit and slowed right down.
2) I was positive. By ending the day doing something that made me feel happy I encouraged positive thoughts. I felt pleased with my efforts and pleased with myself for getting on and doing it. When I finished and looked at what I had achieved I congratulated myself. As I got into bed the positive thoughts continued. My mind was content as I drifted off.
3) I was occupied so I wasn’t eating or drinking right before bed. I so often make the mistake of eating something before bed. Because I took myself off to the bedroom at least an hour before getting into bed I was away from the temptation of the kitchen. This meant that my digestive system wasn’t playing catch up as I tried to drift off. Everything about me was still as I prepared to rest.
4) I was away from technology. I sat in peace as I did the clearing out and this break from the TV, my phone, the laptop, all gadgets, meant that my mind was in a lovely relaxed state as my head hit the pillow.
If you are a busy person who is always on the go then it can be really frustrating to struggle to get to sleep. You know how much better you will feel if you get a good sleep but you can’t force it. The more you worry about whether you will be able to get to sleep the less likely it is that you will.
By planning the hour or so before bedtime a little more carefully you really could make all the difference. Taking some time to allow your mind and body to wind down and feel good prepares you in the best way possible for switching off and resting.
If you struggle to relax and wind down then some Revitalise Training could be just what you need. Get in touch and see how mindfulness could make the difference you are looking for.