Chasing ZZZZZs: How to Put Insomnia to Rest

Body and Mind, A Tangled Web

Psychological, emotional, and physical health all play a role in our ability – and inability – to get a good night’s rest.  On addition, our expectation to be constantly ‘on’ and available (by Smartphones and the like), leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system – our fight-or-flight – and lowered ability to engage our parasympathetic nervous system – rest and digest.

Some tips:

  • A human body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. Take a break from work/life every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, intentional breathing.
  • Walk barefoot and feel the earth.
  • Don’t exercise within 3 hours of bedtime.
  • Use gentle herbs, such as oats or chamomile, internally or externally (such as in a nourishing bath with some soothing oils).
  • Set your ambitions aside for a day to recharge.
  • Check out CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomina) –

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Read the entire article from Natural Awakenings here on pages 20-22:

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