Getting Ready for Bed to Stop Insomnia

by anonymous user on December 13, 2010

There are many different types of “sleep aids” you can find to help people fall asleep once they get into bed. But sometimes many people don’t know that they can better the effectiveness of their sleep by better getting ready for sleep. Much like a home cooked meal satisfies better and is more nutritous than a frozen entree, properly getting ready for bed can lead to a much better night’s sleep than trying to switch from “day mode” to “sleep mode” in five minutes.

Benjamin Moss, the Sleep Well Guru advises his students to get ready for sleep starting at least 60 minutes before going to bed. He tells his clients that there are three different “sleep bodies” that must be prepared for a good night’s rest. They are the outside sleep body, the physical sleep body, and the mental sleep body.

The “outside sleep body” is your sleeping location including what you wear and wherever you sleep. Preparing your outside sleep body means getting your outside as comfortable and prepared as possible for a good night’s sleep. This means making sure your bedroom is as relaxing and calm as possible. It should be dimly but comfortably lit. If possible there should be no television in this area or at least no TV viewing an hour before you retire. The bed, sheets and pillows should be fresh and comfortable. And you might consider a hot bath or shower before going to bed. If you sleep clothed, make sure that what you wear is clean, loose fitting and comfortable also. This will get ready your outside sleep body for a good night’s rest.

The “physical sleep body” is your flesh and blood body. Preparing the physical sleep body means getting your physical person in the absolute best state for a restful sleep. Your stomach is one place that can be put in a restful mode by avoiding eating or drinking (especially wine, beer or spirits) in the hour before bedtime. If you have eaten a big meal or are metabolizing alcohol right before bed, even after you fall asleep, your body will still be “working” while your mind is trying to rest. Why have half your body working when the other half is in a resting mode? Your muscles can also be prepared for a good night’s sleep. If you exercise regularly, doing light exercise or stretching an hour or two before bedtime can also help to create a more effective sleep. Alternatively some light activity such as a short walk or simply deeply breathing for a few minutes can help your physical sleep body prepare for a restful night.

Finally the “mental sleep body” must be prepared for sleep. This means focusing on restful thoughts rather than high stress or worrying thoughts. If possible avoid conflict or intense conversations with your husband, wife or children. Other mentally stimulating activities such as watching videos and playing video games should be curtailed in the last hour before bedtime. If you meditate or pray a perfect time to do this is right before bedtime to calm the mind and get into a relaxed state. A sleep-specific relaxation program such as the Sleep Well Guru program can be helpful to prepare your mental sleep body for a good night’s rest. These can help reprogram your mental sleep body to be in a restful mode at bedtime.

Once you have prepared all 3 sleep bodies for a good night sleep it’s time to go to bed! With luck by following this helpful advice you can have a deeper and more restful sleep.

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