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Blissful Slumber

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Ask most people about sleep and they’ll say they’d like more. Maybe you would? 

Sleep is the missing link for wellbeing today, sleep is free and yet many of us ignore the value of sleep.  Sleep has to be prioritised or there will always be something vying for your time.  

We live in a society where hyper stimulation, a barrage of distraction is considered normal; it isn’t. We need silence, peace and quiet, time without screens or flickering technology distracting us.  

When was the last time you sat by the river and just watched life, felt the breeze and dipped your toes in the water? No phone. No pictures. No texts. Just watching. 

If there was something you could do to improve your health, would you do it? Many people aren’t.  40-60 year olds are getting less sleep than ever before, yet this sets us up for issues later on in life. 

A lack of sleep is the modern epidemic few are discussing, yet the ramifications of years of lack of sleep cost countries millions in health care costs, lost work days, accidents and unhappy citizens. 

“Prime Time” television is when I’m in bed!  It is sad that there is still bravado associated with staying up late, “pulling an all-nighter” and avoiding sleep. Sleep is the elixir and antidote to our overly ‘busy’ lives.  

Ideas to create a sleep routine:

Wind down at around 9.30pm. Create the space for sleep. Turn your phone to airport mode. Commit to this for a month, no ifs or buts, then see how you feel in a month. 

Put one drop of lavender, chamomile or bergamot on a handkerchief and put it by your pillow, let the relaxing aroma of nature calm your mind. If you like baths have one, leave the water in and use it to water your plants the next day! 

Write about your worries: one of the things we have to do to sleep is let the worries go. Sleep is even more essential when stressed, so commit to putting the worries in a note book by your bed rather than in your head. Write down (bullet points if needs be) your worries, then close the note book and invite sleep. 

John Steinbeck said: “…a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” 

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