Category Archives: Better Sleep

New Year’s “Resolution” for 2010: Sleep More!

Sleep more! Doesn’t that just sound like the anti-resolution?

Not in my book. I find it incredibly difficult to “find” the time to get enough sleep. And yet, I am getting ever more aware that I MUST make it a priority if I want to remain productive — and healthy.

Which makes me wonder why in the world I’m typing this at 2:30 in the morning?

So much for that one. But now, I haven’t REALLY officially resolved it, and messing with my sleeping patterns is always a bit of an ongoing struggle.

The thing is sometimes I’m more alert and awake late at night than I am at other times of the day, and it seems like such a waste not to take advantage of it.

Meanwhile, once I do go to sleep, I tend to sleep like a baby (or a log), which I suppose is a good thing. It wasn’t always like that.

A few years back, I had a huge problem with insomnia. I threw all sorts of things at it, from herbs to aromatherapy to soothing music and even the occasional prescription drugs, and STILL had trouble.

One thing that finally fixed it, literally overnight, was the Mind-Body-Spirit meditation from the Quantum Touch Supercharging workshop I took. I literally fell asleep lying on the floor, in the middle of the meditation exercise we did in that course. Twice! How embarrassing.

But I figured I was on to something. When I did the meditation that night after going to bed, I never made it even half-way through before I went to sleep. And when I woke up at night, I just continued where I left off, and zzzzzzzzzz

It still works. On the rare (very rare) occasion that I make it all the way through, I just start over, and I don’t think I ever made it through twice without falling asleep.

Oddly enough, I can do the meditation with my eyes open during the day and it will NOT make me fall asleep, so I even do it sometimes while going for walks. It has a wonderfully energizing effect then.

How does it work?

You can find out the details in the Supercharging Quantum Touch book by Alain Herriot (sp?)

Basically, you visualize yourself being bathed and literally soaked in a series of 12 colors, from white to purple, indigo, copper, silver, gold, yellow, green, blue-green, blue, magenta and mother-of-pearl. There’s also a special breathing pattern, but I never mastered it and simply do slow, deep breathing while I do the exercise.

You can get the more detailed instructions in the book or on the workshop video, which you can order from quantumtouch.com.

Meanwhile, it’s now 2:51 and defninitely time to catch some zzzzzs.

And as for my resolution… I’m working on it. Getting at least 7 hour of sleep a night, at least most nights, is the first stage of my resolution. Then I plan to work on getting to bed earlier and making my hours more regular. Update sometime in spring…

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The benefits of getting enough sleep — and better sleep

I’ve been skimping on sleep lately. And I can tell the difference.

Ouch!

Trying to keep up with deadlines can sometimes backfire… My brain simply doesn’t work as fast when I’m tired. So trying to get something done when I’m so tired that I’m about to get keyboard marks on my forehead is clearly counterproductive.

Have you ever been there? What makes us do this? Some need for self-punishment maybe? That’s just plain silly.

The other day I came across just the Abraham Hicks quote I needed to see:

Just do your best to keep yourself in balance. One of the first things that causes Energy misalignment, is asking or demanding too much of yourself in terms of time and effort. In other words, you just cannot burn the candle at both ends, so that you are physically tired, and then expect yourself to have a cheerful attitude. So, the rule of thumb has to be: “I’m going to be very, very, very happy, and then do everything I have time to do after that.”

— Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in West Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, March 6th, 2005 #249

So what’s the action plan?

Reorder priorities….

Get enough sleep, in one piece. Go to bed at a reasonable time sleep till morning and don’t get up in the middle of the night to work on another project. Just because I can isn’t a good enough reason to interrupt my sleep. I’ll be much more effective when I get it all in one chunk.

if a deadline is really urgent, I suppose I can get up earlier in the morning. Still… the Abraham quote really made me reevaluate how I go about business.

Here are more things I plan to do:

Take a nap when I feel tired. And/or make sure I spend some time outdoors while it’s light.

Today is a gorgeous day! The way to show my gratitude for it is to actually take advantage of it, go for a walk, and enjoy that beautiful day.

What about you? Are YOU getting enough sleep?

Look out the window. If it’s nice out, take time for a walk if you can.

Have a great day.

Elisabeth


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My Top 10 Favorite Self-Help Blog Articles (Annotated Links from Ezine Articles)

2009 is here, and January is already halfway over. Can’t believe how quickly this happened all of a sudden.  And I have a very apropos artlce and wanted to give you a resource list of some of my favorite self-help articles (and other useful ones) for easy reference (with quick annotation):

Another take on New Year’s resolutions:


How to stay calm (or calm down) under pressure:

http://tinyurl.com/calmnow

Get a Great Job in 2009!

http://tinyurl.com/greatjobreview

Use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to cope with job interview stress (or any other stress) (complete with step-by-step instructions):

EFT for Job Interview Stress

Sell Stuff on Amazon.com vs. Ebay and how to get the most buck for your stuff:

Sell Stuff on Amazon and make more money

Stress and the Law of Attraction, and how stress prevents you from getting what you really want:

Stress and LOA

Beat sugar addiction now that the holidays are over…

Beat Sugar Addiction

Job stress, health and consequences & what to do about it:

http://tinyurl.com/jobstresskillscareers

The ultimate (and probably controversial) stress management technique 😉

http://tinyurl.com/BeBadSooner

And here’s a big vibration lifter:

http://tinyurl.com/gratitudearticle

Better than a sleeping pill:

Write yourself to sleep

Enjoy!

P.S.: I just counted and it looks like there are 11 of them…  The last one is a bonus!


Air Travel, Jet Lag, Sleep, And Self-Care (And Better Timing Of Stopovers): How Many More Times Do I Need To Learn THIS Lesson?

If you travel frequently or even just every now and then, especially across lots of time zones, here’s a tip that’ll save you some grief:

I learned it the hard way (very hard) years ago when flying back and forth to Germany and discovering stopovers in Iceland (courtesy of Iceland Air):

It seemed like a good idea at the time to stop in Iceland on the way to Germany, but I’ll never do that again. Why? Compounded jet lag and sleep deprivation:

I left in the evening from Baltimore (meaning I left MUCH earlier in Richmond, got to Iceland at something like 5 a.m., and then had a whole day of “fun” in Iceland ahead of me. Problem: I can’t sleep on airplanes and I don’t function on no sleep.

So really, I was sleepwalking through Reykjavik for hours, waiting for my hotel to allow me to check in. I did take a nap when it let me in at long last (so this is what I spent my stopover doing, mostly), then went back out etc. What with the time difference and me being a night person anyway, I went to sleep very late, only to have to get up again at 4 a.m.!

Needless to say, I felt horrible for several days once I arrived in Germany, much worse than usual (and I don’t do too well going that way to start with).

The conclusion I drew from that experience: if I ever stop over again in Reykjavik, I’ll do so on the way BACK! I’ll get there in the afternoon, and leave in the afternoon the next day. Full value from the hotel and a good night’s sleep, and I’ll arrive well-rested back home.

Fast forward a few years and to flying in the other direction — to New Zealand. It seemed like a good idea at the time to stop in San Francisco for a couple of days each time I came through. I could buy two sets of tickets, didn’t have to shell out the whole amount all at once, and I got to spend time with my friends in San Francisco, which also happens to be one of my favorite cities.

Well… I didn’t feel too good when I got back home last year after doing that particular routine. But I was too busy to really think about it (started teaching the VERY next morning), so I did it AGAIN.

This time, as I mentioned in my last entry, I was still recovering from the flu. Well… Here’s compounded jet lag and how it works going from NZ to Richmond:

Leaving in the afternoon in Wellington.  Leaving in the evening in Auckland.  No sleep on plane (12 hours or so) (though I did doze off a little a couple of times), arriving in San Francisco around lunchtime.

I totally crashed the first night, but the second one I was kept awake by non-stop hacking cough. And THEN, I had to get up early to catch the plane to Richmond (short night), and got stranded in Chicago (little sleep due to no luggage and no ear plugs AND due to having to get up at 6 to catch next plane). I got really sick all over again once I made it home.

I’m only now starting to feel better. And I have definitely learned another lesson:

When doing stop-overs on the way to New Zealand, do them going West the next time, and NOT going East. Same lesson as from the Iceland Air experience: Going East, go direct, going West, stops work great.

Maybe I’m a bit fussy when it comes to quality of sleep, but so what? Sleep is important, and I don’t think even I take it seriously enough, or this sort of thing wouldn’t have happened. I know I feel better, stay healthier, and function a heck of a lot better when I get enough of it and at the right time too.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section 😉

Elisabeth

Better Sleep for More Energy: 6 Tricks & Tips


Do you wish you had more energy? How are you sleeping?

If life is stressful, chances are that sleep suffers. You may simply not have (or make) enough time for sleep (if so, you know what to do!).

Or, once you do go to bed, the zzz’s just don’t seem to come as easily as you may have hoped for…

What to do?

Lots of things. Here are a few that have helped me during a lengthy episode of challenged sleep a few years ago, and still do when the need arises:

1. Outsourcing your worries: Don’t go to sleep with them (as if you could!). Write them down on a piece of paper, or into a notebook, and let the universe take care of them. At least till morning. No, seriously, you’ll sleep better almost instantly.

2. Make sure your sleep “environment” is the way you like it. Dark, quiet, right temperature, comfy bed.

3. Wear socks. I know that some people joke about other people wearing socks to bed, but when it comes to sleep, they may be just what the doctor ordered.

4. Consider earplugs if noise is an issue. The world’s best earplugs are made in Germany and are called Ohropax. You can find some on Amazon.com (expensive if you buy them there but worth every penny). You can also bribe any German friends you may have into sending you some.

5. Have a calming night-time routine. Hot chocolate (or milk), calming music, boring reading 😉 and maybe some deep breathing. In fact, trying to do some meditation once you go to bed may really help. Do one where you have to focus on your breaths, and breathe really slowly. Don’t worry if you keep falling asleep in the middle of it. That’s the idea!

6. Soothing music. Stephen Halpern’s Sleep Soundly is one option. Check back for another option that I’ll have to check on first.

To be continued at some point in the future and/or in my newsletter 😉