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Sweet Dreams – makeover your routine to wake feeling totally refreshed

Sleep better

There is nothing nicer than waking up feeling great.  And by spending just a little time each evening to get prepared for a good night’s sleep, you can dramatically increase your chances of waking up on the right side of the bed.

Air it out

Make sure you have some source of fresh air in your bedroom at night.  Poor air circulation results in a heavy, sluggish morning.  If you don’t have a supply of nice fresh air, invest in an air ioniser.  These are amazing devices which increase the negative ions in the air (read more on the benefits of negative ions here).

Wash and dry it

Change your sheets at least once a week.  If you are not overly sensitive to fragrance, wash your bed linen with a nice-smelling laundry product or make your own.  Check out Wellness Mama’s great natural laundry detergent recipe.

Make sure to never use a quilt without a sheet underneath to wick away moisture.  If you can, it’s preferable to use a woollen blanket instead of a quilt to allow the body temperature to stay at a healthier level.

Cotton sheets with a high thread count are best but even nice clean sheets with only 50% cotton will give you a nice nest to rest in.

Suck it up

Vaccuum or sweep under the bed and around the room regularly.  A freshly vacuumed or swept room has great energy about it.

Aromatherapy it

An effective calming remedy of 2-3 drops of pure lavender oil on a tissue under your pillow.

Make sure you can breathe

It sounds obvious but if you have stuffy sinuses you won’t be able to breath through your nose easily and may end up mouth-breathing in your sleep.  This is really bad for oral hygiene (causes dry mouth which results in nasty gums and funky breath) and respiratory health, not to mention the snoring it can result in!  We are designed to breathe through our noses and if you can’t do that comfortably, you need to investigate why that is.

To open up your nasal passages you can try these ideas:

Practice jalna neti every day – read more about this great practice here:

Dab Tiger Balm under your nose if you aren’t adverse to strong menthol sensations (it tingles and warms the skin).

Try “Breathe Right” strips which are rigid stickers which temporarily adhere to either side of the nose and open the nostrils for clear nose-breathing:

Feng Shui it

Don’t have any mirrors facing you in your bed.  You should not be able to see your reflection from your bed (unless you like it kinky, but seriously, it’s bad for your energy).

Stay hydrated

Drink a glass of water before sleep but drink less if you have a weak bladder. Humans need water for most bodily processes to function effectively.  Dry out and you will feel terrible.

Wash and Oil your tootsies

Ancient Ayurvedic practice postulates the benefits of washing and oiling the feet prior to sleep. Wash the feet briefly in warm water and perform a mini-reflexology session on both feet with a nice rich moisturiser.  If you want to make your own foot moisturiser, try rubbing together half a teaspoon of coconut oil with a couple of drops of lavender or sandalwood oil.  Massage the soles of the feet, toes, heels, top of the foot and ankles before popping on a pair of clean cotton socks.

Finally, Try to get to bed before midnight, and stay in bed until at least 7.21am

It is something to do with circadian rhythms that I read somewhere years ago and have found it to be very true.  If I have to wake up before 7.21am I feel off-balance.

This one may not be for everyone – some people like to get up at 5am to meditate and walk the dog, others like to go to bed in the early hours of morning and some say they can function on less than 6 hours a night.  But this is my blog and I am giving you my tips – and this is the main one that works for me!

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