Overcome Insomnia And Sleep Problems
It’s not a secret that I’ve never been a good sleeper. Ever since I can remember I was struggling with poor sleep. A few years ago I was diagnosed with chronic insomnia and staying asleep even for 2 hours straight was a real struggle for me. Well, as pathetic as this sounds, every minute of sleep was a great treasure to me.
Pretty soon after, as you can imagine I’ve reached a breaking point of acute physical and mental exhaustion. If you have ever suffered from insomnia and poor sleep you know exactly how negatively it affects your whole life. It controls every single aspect of it and makes achieving your goals quite impossible. Every single task, even the easiest one becomes a real struggle if you are unable to stay focus, productive and motivated. That was definitely my case. When I’ve reached the point when I couldn’t function normally my doctor prescribed me sleeping pills for coping with symptoms of insomnia.
Honestly, I’m not a big enthusiast of this kind of medication, because it is effective only on a short-term. Yet, it doesn’t resolve a real health problem. Yet, any solution is still better than no solution at all, I guess. I mean, there was nothing left to do but accept this quick fix as a temporary solution and keep searching for a permanent one. Well, that’s what I did.
Cure The Health Problem Not The Symptoms
Knowing that sleep is essential for physical and mental health I kept looking for a natural cure for my insomnia. I really didn’t want to rely on sleeping pills for the rest of my life. Who would want to do that? No one, I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I find this kind of medication extremely helpful in the first stages of insomnia treatment but it “cures” only the symptoms. It means that it is but it’s only a quick fix intended to be a temporary solution.
To properly treat and cure your insomnia you have to come up with a way to get to the source of the problem. It’s one of those cases that you have to investigate carefully.
Sometimes Insomnia is a primary problem but often a sleep disorder is, itself, a symptom of something else going on. Since the problem causing insomnia differs from person to person, you have to do a little investigation and find out what is the real cause. There are many possible causes of poor sleep like stress, anxiety, unhealthy sleeping habits, poor diet, some medical conditions, side effects of medications or even allergies and food intolerances. Listen to your body and you will find the answer. And then see a doctor and get a proper treatment.
But, in the meantime, relax and…
Turn Your Bedroom Into A Sleep Cave
Has it ever crossed your mind that maybe the problem with poor sleep is also influenced by how does your bedroom look like? Think about it, our bed is the place where our every day begins and ends. It means that our entire life is affected by this particular place or piece of furniture if you like it. For that particular reason, it should be a quiet and peaceful place – a sleep sanctuary. But if that’s not the case, don’t worry. Get ready to visualize your idea of relaxation. Use my serious tips, simple tricks, and useful hacks.
Personalize your bedroom by visualizing your idea of perfect relaxation
Your bedroom definitely should express your personality. Only because something works for someone else it doesn’t mean it will work for you. So, make your slumber a cozy, dreamy, personal and spiritual place according to your own taste.
Make your bedroom a sacred place
- Keep a PEACEFUL and CALM atmosphere
- Keep it CLEAN
- Keep it SIMPLE
- Keep it COOL
- Keep it COZY
- Keep it FRESH & lightly scented
- Keep it DARK (only when it’s time for bed)
Adopt a healthy sleep routine
Create your own healthy sleep routine and you will sleep like a baby. To do that just think of your physical and mental wellbeing.
- Eat a light supper
- Take a warm bath
- Keep journaling
- Set your goals for the next day
- Create a technology-free bedroom
- Forget about work while you’re in bed
- Avoid thing and activities that affect negatively your sleep
Keep it simple
I wouldn’t recommend you to paint the bedroom walls on some garish color because it may conflict with a relaxing atmosphere. Just keep it simple. Maybe opt for neutrals? Of course, white is not the only right choice but I would stick to soothing and relaxing paint colors that will affect your mood in a positive way. The same goes for the color of the blanket. Use your imagination, visualize your idea of sleep sanctuary and turn your bedroom into a cozy, relaxing sleep cave!
Fill your bedroom with plants that improve your sleep. Don’t over complicate things just keep it simple. Don’t turn your bedroom into a jungle unless it’s exactly what you going for. I was thinking more about turning your house into a plant-filled paradise. And your bedroom is not an exception here. Don’t overanalyze it. Choose some easy-care houseplants for your bedroom and create a calming atmosphere for your sleep sanctuary.
Looking for some inspiration? I myself choose for my bedroom some powerful air-purifying plants like Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Bamboo Palm, Weeping Fig, Cast iron plant and of Boston Fern. A little too much? I wouldn’t say that. Whatever works 🙂 Besides, connecting with nature on a daily basis is my idea of perfect relaxation.
Play with your senses
Touch – Let’s turn your bedroom in a comfy, sleep cave. Invest in comfortable, memory – foam mattress, comfy pillows, and some cooling bedsheets!
Sight – Create a bedroom space that will reflect your personality and style. Opt for neutral colors, embrace minimalism, put up photos, add wallpaper, put some scented candles on the nightstand. Use your imagination, creativity and turn yourself into an interior expert!
Sound – before going to sleep do a guided meditation for sleep, listen to some relaxing music or podcast just get in the mood…
Smell – The power of scent is incredible and often undervalued. The scent has a great impact on our mood and behavior. We fall in love easily in the scent that we like. And because of the close link between the sense of smell and memory, even one thought about the scent we love can trigger beautiful memories. So why don’t we make the best of it? Use your favorite essential oils and scented candles and make your bedroom a fragrant sanctuary. Personally, I think, that the best scents for relaxation and sleep are Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood or Chamomile. The choice is yours!
Taste – This may seem strange but I like to have a bottle of fresh infused water next to my bed. One sip of tasty strawberry, lavender, mint or blackberry water relaxes me. Mark me now, thank me later.
Hold on we’re almost there… mindfully falling asleep…
Have you ever thought that maybe you don’t succeed because you hesitate? If you’ve already given a makeover to your bedroom just close your eyes and let it happen. Let the magic happen… Give yourself permission to rest and relax. Don’t forget that sleep is a basic human need, crucial for physical and mental wellbeing. Don’t fight with it. Just go for it. Good night’s rest will improve your creativity, productivity, and motivation!
In The Arms Of Morpheus
Remember Morpheus, the Greek god of sleep? According to Greek mythology, he had this incredible ability to appear in dreams of mortals in every shape or form depending on the perception of the dreamer. Pure oneiric experience… a touch of mysticism…
When in the arms of Morpheus you can enjoy the most wonderful dreams and maybe if you’re lucky you will receive a message from the gods to the mortal world… Who knows…
4 thoughts on “Create A Sleep Sanctuary And Fall Into The Arms Of Morpheus”
I’ve tried it ALL! Still have troubles sleeping but much better than in my past. Great post.
Hi Alison! Thank you for your positive feedback! Speaking about sleep problems I totally get you. For me personally, dealing with poor sleep it’s a never-ending battle. The amount of stress we have to deal with on a daily basis is incredible and it affects negatively our ability to rest and relax. We are often stressed, overworked and overwhelmed so much that getting a quality sleep becomes quite impossible. That’s why I started to practice mindfulness, especially guided meditations and yoga to destress myself on a daily basis. And I have to say that it’s working, not always but usually it helps me to relax my mind and body. If you haven’t tried yet guided meditations for sleep or yoga poses for good night’s sleep I would recommend you to try it, maybe it will work for you! Take care! Have a great day!! 🙂
I haven’t tried yoga for sleep aid but I do yoga from time to time. I will look into it. Thank you!
Check out “Yoga with Adriene” Youtube channel! I love her online yoga courses and yoga classes. She’s great! 😉