Do You Eat To Sleep?


  Eat to sleepAhhh.. to sleep with the belly full.  Knowing that eating large amounts induces sleep we may unconsciously (or consciously) be trying to give ourselves a deeper, faster passage to slumber. Nonetheless, we don’t often wake up in the morning wishing we had eaten more the night before. But we do often wake with a lump in our belly, wishing we hadn’t indulged in nighttime eating.
  I have had times in my life when I just couldn’t sleep well. I would toss and turn, knowing that in a few hours I would have to get up. Then I would stress about sleeping…adding to my inability to relax. It was a vicious cycle. During these times I felt that I would sleep better if I ate more. Although counterproductive to my health, it became a crutch for a way to drift off to sleep. 

Here are 10 tips to help you get a better rest without a food-induced coma: 
  1) Keep the place where you sleep clean and clutter-free. Make it peaceful with soft lighting and gentle colors. This is your sanctuary, so treat yourself to some beautification. 
  2) Calming scents such as lavender can be used by your bed or spritzed on your sheets or pillow case.(heavenly!)
  3) Get some exposure to actual sunlight each day. This helps to trigger the release of melatonin in the brain, which, in turn helps regulate your wake and sleep cycles.
  4) Regular daily exercise, -try some yoga alternated with a short cardio routine like walking or biking. Also, take some time to do some gentle yogic stretches right before turning in.
  5) Aim for consistency in your wake and sleep times.
  6) Reduce caffeine and nicotine intake during the second half of the day. (duh!)
  7) Turn off the TV so your brain can relax and stop trying to process information.
  8) Keep the room comfortably cool.
  9) If you have thoughts or worries swimming through your mind, write them down. Then say to yourself: “I have done what I can do for today. Everything will be ok”. It may also be a good thing to lift your thoughts and vibration by going through your day and naming 1-2 things you are most thankful for. 
  10) Take a relaxing bath, dim lights, maybe some candles and music. You may also enjoy some scented bath salts and oils.

Once you slide into bed, if your mind is still active, try these:
  1) Focus on your breath. Feel the coolness of the breath as it enters the body and the warmth as it leaves. Make your breaths deep and slow. Try not to focus on getting to sleep, rather focus on allowing relaxation to take place. This is especially effective if you wear earplugs, the sound of the breath is greatly enhanced. 
  2) Try progressive relaxation. Moving from head to toe or toe to head, focus on relaxing each muscle or set of muscles. Allow them to expand and melt into the bed, feeling heavy and loose. Progressive relaxation can also be done by tensing and releasing the muscles, one by one. 
  3) Try ‘Bach flower rescue remedy’, a homeopathic formula found in most health food stores. About 4 drops in a glass of water can take affect within a few minutes and help you relax enough to drift off to sleep.  

Try Yoga Postures that may help you sleep.