Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Many people experience occasional insomnia due to stress and an always on the go lifestyle. It can be difficult for people to calm down and relax when it’s time to go to sleep. Here are 6 steps to help you experience Bedtime Zen.
Step 1: Go to bed at the same time
People have patterns for doing a lot of daily tasks without having to consciously think about it. For example, brushing your teeth doesn’t require a lot of thought or focus. That’s because the steps you go through to brush your teeth have become a subconscious pattern that pretty much runs on autopilot. The same type of pattern can be established for relaxing at bedtime. By going to bed at the same time and following the same steps each night, you can create a pattern that helps you enter a state of calmness and relaxation before your head even hits the pillow.
Step 2: Get a good Mattress
My wife and I slept on a cheap mattress for many years and had the aches and pains to prove it. We finally took the plunge and bought a really good mattress and 7 years later we still think it’s one of the best things we ever spent money on. If your bed is comfortable and supports your body properly you’ll sleep better, simple as that. Many mattress stores offer a 30 or 60 day swap program where you can try a mattress and exchange it for another if your not completely satisfied. This is a good way to ensure you get a mattress you’re truly happy with.
Step 3: Don’t sleep in
Getting more sleep doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll feel more rested or wake up more alert. Experiment with how much sleep you actually need to wake up feeling refreshed. Perhaps your not getting enough and have to go to bed a bit earlier, or maybe you’re getting too much. Adjust your sleep time in 15 minute intervals until you discover the right amount of shut eye for you.
Step 4: Don’t hang out in bed
Avoid spending extended periods of time in bed watching TV or reading. You'll get to sleep faster if your subconscious associates your bed to rest and relaxation, rather than a place to spend extended periods of time awake. When you start using your bed primarily for sleep, you’ll soon discover that climbing into bed at the appropriate time each night will create a state of zen. You’ll then be able to relax and fall asleep much more quickly.
Step 5: No news is good news
The old saying “no news is good news” holds very true, especially at bedtime. When was the last time you watched the news and got a sense of comfort, joy and relaxation? For many people it has the opposite effect. Yet our curiosity keeps us tuning in. Imagine how much more relaxed and optimistic your life will become if you decide right now that NEWS is a four letter word. Imagine yourself in the future, relaxed and feeling good having significantly reduced or eliminated it from your daily routine. Don’t worry, if the world is ending, you’ll hear it from all those people around you that are still tuned in and stressed out.
Step 6: Use Guided Meditation to fall asleep
A great way to establish new sleep patterns and condition your mind and body to enter a state of Bedtime Zen is to listen to Guided Sleep Meditations. When a sleep meditation features a soothing voice to guide you, along with relaxing background music and calming sound effects, the results can be profound. It’s a natural way to break a pattern of insomnia and create a new pattern of falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer.
Bedtime Zen Guided Sleep Meditations provide a natural, holistic way to fall asleep quickly and develop healthier sleeping patterns. A variety of Bedtime Zen 30 minute meditations are available for you to enjoy. Each meditation features the soothing voice of a Neuro Sleep Specialist, combined with wonderful background music and the sounds of nature. Bedtime Zen Sleep Meditations are available for instant download at http://www.BedtimeZen.com and on iTunes