The Restorative Power of Sleep

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Improve Your Life: Tip #3

Get Enough Sleep!

The restorative power of sleep is often overlooked when people start looking at ways to improve their lives. But it’s very important!

When we sleep,  our body recharges itself. Repairs are made to muscles and bodily systems; the mind and body both use the hours that you are asleep to get you ready for the next day. So what happens if you don’t get 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep? You start the new day not fully restored and “recharged” as you should be!

Improving Your Sleep

So what do you do if you are not getting enough sleep?

The first step is looking for environmental factors that might affect your ability to get a good night’s rest. Look at the quality of your mattress and bedding, the temperature of your bedroom, the amount of light coming in through the window, noise outside…there are all kinds of products out there to help improve your sleep environment.

Is the issue more one of restlessness or mind chatter? There are many many many techniques available to relax and quiet your mind. 🙂 One in particular that I like, partly because of its simplicity, is the 4-7-8 Breath technique by Andrew Weil, M.D. It’s simple enough to remember and easy to implement…and it can be used for more than just relaxing at night.

There are many other potential causes of insomnia or trouble sleeping–too many to go into here. Having a daughter who developed insomnia at one point and who tried a lot of things to get past it–with pretty good success, I know enough to know that I don’t know 😛 Each person has to figure it out–determine what the issue(s) might be.

I do know that it’s well worth the effort. Being rested and experiencing all the wonderful restoration sleep offers makes the days that much better!

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I will leave you with this sleep visualization from youtube–one of MANY! 🙂

Wishing you wonderful and refreshing sleep each and every night!

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About Cate

I am a retired RN–stayed home after my second child was born, having worked for 10 years. I am in my mid-50s now, and I enjoy blogging, designing mugs and more and spreading a bit of positivity in the world.

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