Sleep in pregnancy can be a challenge and poor sleep leads to various emotional and physical consequences. Sleep is a key ingredient for a healthy and joyful life. Good sleep acts as a rejuvenator of the mind and regenerator of the body, enabling us to perform optimally during our waking hours. Even powerful medicine is of hardly any use if this fundamental ingredient of life is missing.
Before seeking treatment for sleep, it is important to evaluate the potential reasons why you might be having difficulty with sleep, whether it is a medical reason such as sleep apnea, or a mental health condition such as anxiety.
Western Medicine sees the mind and body as “split,” meaning two separate entities. Eastern traditions see the mind and body as coming from the same energy (source). This is more than a philosophical issue. In the West, this disconnect between the mind and body has directed the clinical evolution of Western Medicine and also effected how patients are perceived and are treated. This is why I have recently started to acknowledge that in order for me to provide the best care for my clients, one must acknowledge the connection between the Mind, The Body and Spirit.
Let’s explore various ways that sleep problems can be treated with and without medication!
Soothe Your Evening Routine
The habits we have just before bedtime refers to all the specific methods one uses to ensure a good sleep.
Interesting, in Ayurvedic terminology, insomnia is an imbalance of the Vata dosha. Vata is the principle of movement and is light, changeable, active, and quick.
When you have excess Vata, your mind will be overactive and filled with the racing, anxious thoughts that keep you up at night. There are many different approaches that can help calm an aggravated Vata. They include:
- A consistent bedtime weekly and weekends
- Avoiding naps late in the day
- Ensuring the bed is used only for sleep (and sex) – so no electronics, no television, etc. The bedroom is not a technology centre!
- Avoiding substances that can impact sleep such as caffeine late in the day (Caffeine can last for up to 8 hours in the system).
- Giving yourself 15-20 minutes to fall asleep and don’t be harsh on yourself. Don’t force it.
- Having a tidy and clean room with comfortable pillows, blankets, and also ensuring the room is a good temperature (Not too warm and not too cold).
Finally, many women find mindfulness based relaxation exercises, meditation, and yoga to be helpful. These can both help immediately to induce a calm state prior to bedtime and in the long term allow for the development of a mental and physical state that is better adapted to good sleep.
So the more you can reduce your mental activity of an evening, the better.
Affirm The Absence of Insomnia!
The words we speak shape our reality. So if you are constantly affirmation that you are tired and not sleeping well and you suffer with insomnia then it most likely will continue.
What is an affirmation? An affirmation is a positive phrases which you repeat to yourself which describe how you want to be.
When you first start saying your positive affirmations, they may not be true, but with repetition they sink into your subconscious mind, you really start to believe them, and eventually they become your reality, they become a self fulfilling prophecy and actually become true.
I challenge you to start affirming that you are a great sleeper! Write it out on some paper and look at it, affirm it everyday. Your mind will listen and over time and repetition, you will start to believe the affirmation (so will your subconscious mind) and you will start to sleep better.
I affirm everything I want in my life and It works every time.
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