For something so natural and common, sleep can sure be elusive. Many Australians suffer insomnia at some point in their lives. This Sleep Awareness Week, we want to share with you the number one sleep tip from sleep coach Sveti Williams. Sveti is a world renowned sleep coach, award-winning author and passionate sleep advocate.
This one thing you can do morning and night will help support your circadian rhythm and help you sleep better. This tip is great for travelers suffering from jet lag. Best of all – its totally natural and completely free!
In the last half an hour before you go to sleep at night, go outside and find somewhere you can sit down. Take a small mat or a cushion to sit on.
When you are sitting, take off your shoes and put your feet flat on the ground. This is called Earthing (or Grounding) and allows electrons to neutralise excess free radicals in the body. Earthing is great for your general health, as well as improving your sleep. Sveti advises to do this for at least two minutes, but (if the weather permits) try to sit for 10 or 15 minutes.
This is a great opportunity to practice some form of mindfulness. This can be mediation, breathing exercises, journaling, affirmations, Yoga Nidra, or simply sitting with the quiet of the evening. This time of peace will help to calm your nervous system, slow your heart rate and soothe a racing mind.
Whenever possible, face the moon and feel it’s light washing over you. This is a cue to your brain that it is night time and time to sleep.
Do the same routine first thing in the morning. Just after you wake up, go outside and sit with your bare feet touching the ground.
This time, make sure you are facing the sun. The sunlight will let your body know it is time to wake up and supports your brain’s serotonin production. This will help you start the day feeling alert and happy. Soak up the sunshine for at least 5 minutes – 15 minutes if you can. Do not look directly into the sun.
Just like with the evening ritual, use this time to meditate or simply be present in the moment. Take the time to slow your breathing, and be grateful for the day ahead.