Whenever I see the moon shining outside my window as I lay in bed I think of the beautiful story above...so simple and moving.
As you read on I invite you to listen to my newest music mix on 8 Tracks that is sure to evolve but mostly done...
It runs about an hour and a half, so even if you are having a hard time drifting off it will hopefully draw your monkey mind off your worries and help you find rest.
Sleep is one of those things you really don't appreciate till you are deprived of it. It's not something I struggled with till this past year or so, and I didn't like how it affected my mind and my health. It felt like I was loosing it at times, I was on edge and anxious and my skin was a mess. Within my chest my heart raced, the shakes sometimes set in and it was hard to hide it in my hands and voice around others. I turned to yoga and melatonin but it wasn't enough. I had a terrible reaction to prescriptions from the Dr and realized they weren't a good fit for me. Then I sought the help of Dr. Nicole Shortt, my naturopath from Balance Natural Health Clinic. Find them on facebook and learn more...I had the honor of doing their staff photos recently and was happy to see them on their banner.
An assessment with Dr. Shortt consisted of a really comfortable conversation on where I was at , what my stresses were and the main concerns I wanted to address. She also did an overall physical to assess my general health. Then we started a plan that has really helped me find my way back to being me.
Seems my cortisol levels were high and according to Traditional Chinese medicine I had liver imbalance that needed to be addressed. She made sure I was getting enough vitamin D and Omega 3s, flax, and I started a TCM supplement called Free & Easy to help balance my liver and another supplement I am convinced made the big difference called Cortisol Manager by Integretive Thereputics. It's sold at the clinic in two sizes.
If I have a really heavy day I still take a couple melatonin as well as this but I don't do that often. She also gave me recomendations and a plan to regulate my melatonin by changing my routine which worked well. As I am a bit of a life/health hack I also have found success in somethings I found myself from sources I trust, read on for some other things to try...
Ayurvedic medicine has been an interest of mine for a good decade now. It's nothing new, here is a good outline from Canadian Living Magazine:
What is ayurveda?
Ayurveda (meaning "the science of life") is a holistic healing system that originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It treats mind, body and spirit as one, and strives to balance the essential elements that exist in all of us to attain our natural state of pure health. It does this through a variety of cleansing and rejuvenating treatments and practices that can include diet, exercise, meditation and, yes, massage. Yoga is part of the ayurvedic tradition, too – when you perform some yoga positions, you’re engaging in a physical and spiritual exercise that is rooted in ayurvedic philosophy.
Enhance the Benefits of Milk with Ojas-Building Foods and Herbs
To boost ojas and gain the predicted benefits of sleep, ojas-producing foods and herbs were cooked into the milk before bed. This is about as yummy of a drink as you will ever have:
1. Add small amounts of these to one cup of milk as you slowly bring it to a boil:
Chopped dates (1 tbsp)
Chopped almonds (2 tsp)
Coconut meat or flakes (1 tbsp)
Saffron (1/2 tsp)
Ghee (1-2 tsp)
Cardamom (1/8 tsp)
2. Add Ojas building herbs to the milk (1/8 tsp or 1 500 mg capsule of each):
3. Once the milk, herbs, and ojas-building foods and spices are cooked and off the flame, add 1 tsp of ojas-building raw honey.
Drink one cup of the ojas-building hot milk each night for 3 months to rebuild ojas levels and support sleep patterns.
Don’t drink milk?
You may substitute a non-dairy
milk such as rice or almond, warmed and with the ojas-building foods and herbs cooked in. Though you won’t get the benefits of the milk peptides, you’ll have a vehicle for the ojas-building foods and herbs, and some calming benefits from the warmth of the milk.
Aromatherapy is also something I rely heavily on but I might save that for another post as you are all probably starting to think I am so high maintenance! I will share some of my secrets using aromatherapy soon. The best part of that is you get to share the sleepy goodness of plant oils with whoever shares the bed and bath with you.
If you have found things that really help you with sleep please share, I would love to hear about your ideas.
Hopefully some of the work I have done will help you have more peaceful nights. Also on my Yoga Love Pinterest board you will find some simple Yoga moves to quiet your body and mind in bed.
Yes, this might all seem like a tedious amount of planning and effort, but everything in your life will be better when you are well rested... your relationships, your work, your health...we give so much of our time to other things that are so superficial...love yourself enough to invest that time in you.
nighty night friends,