So your bedtime ritual involves several glasses of wine, a computer screen, and a blaring television. You fall asleep around 12:00 A.M. and you wake up feeling like a zombie. Sound familiar? This is usually the story my clients tell me.
Everyone’s sleep requirements are different, some need 8-10 hours, others are fine with 7. But it isn't just about how much you sleep which does matter, but it's also about when you sleep.
For example, if you continue to fall asleep past 10 pm you miss crucial liver and gallbladder repair time. These organs rejuvenate from 10pm-1am. So if you miss a chunk of that time your body doesn't have a chance to repair those organs, which lead to sickness, weight gain, and cloudy thinking.
Sleep is more important than you may realize, and although this issue affects all chakras, it is more specifically connected to the Third Eye Chakra or Brow Chakra as well as the Crown Chakra. The organ system that links this chakra is the Pineal Gland, which controls our ability to sleep. When this chakra is out of balance we may not trust our own judgment and we have difficulty seeing things clearly. As a result, headaches can occur as well as vision problems. But a great way to balance this chakra is through creating a bedtime ritual and through meditation.
What if we could change our bedtime routine to something healthier?
A HEALTHY SLEEP ROUTINE
- Make sure your room is dark. This is crucial for hormone repair and proper rest.
- Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bed and do not leave them plugged in next to your bed. Use before bedtime for a good book, journaling, reflection or meditation.
- Take a warm bath with lavender oil and sea salt.
- Drink a warm cup of herbal tea.
- Do some light stretching. You can also lie on the soft surface with your legs up the wall-this helps circulation and relaxation.
- Play soft relaxing music.
- Get all of your to-do lists and brain chatter onto a piece of paper so you don't forget to deal with it, but you can turn it off and sleep!
Other helpful tips for supporting your liver and a restful night...
- Drinking hot lemon water in the morning
- Sip on dandelion root tea throughout the day
- Choose foods from the brassica family (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts) for their liver supporting properties
- Try your best to express emotion in a healthy way, rather than suppress it
- Make dinner your lightest meal of the day
- Try to have your last meal or snack approximately 2 hours before bed
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and sugar after 3 pm
- Practice gentle yoga throughout the day
- Make time for you, and what you enjoy doing
PRODUCTS THAT PROMOTE HEALTHIER SLEEP