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A path to sleep is not always straight. There may be curves and stops along the way...

To sleep restfully takes a little planning and it takes patience. Any destination worth arriving at is going to have its share of challenges, but in the end it is worth it.

Are you ready to begin the journey?

Your path to sleep will include:

1. Getting pickier about what you are putting into your body: eating clean, drinking plenty of water, and watching caffeine, alcohol, and overly fatty and spicy foods will help you much at bedtime. I recommend keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks and write down everything you eat and drink. Then note the next morning how well you slept. You will see patterns emerge and can make tweaks in your diet to get closer to your destination of restful sleep.

2. Letting the past, anger, judgment, expectations, and disappointments go. Just let them go NOW. Be vigilant.

3. Exercise and spend time outdoors

4. Contribute to a cause bigger than yourself

5. Act as if: (Act as if you are happy, act as if you are going to sleep well tonight, act as if you have something you can't wait to do tomorrow).

6. When your path takes you to someplace unexpected, practice acceptance. Sometimes side excursions result in something wondrous. You never know.

7. Consider your sleep space and ways you can turn it into a sleep sanctuary for yourself....

No matter where you are on your path to sleep, know that all is as it should be. You are peace. You are love.

Sweet dreams.

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What is keeping you from a good night sleep these days? Is it worrying about what will happen tomorrow or kicking yourself about something that happened in the past?

Perhaps you are so excited about the new year and all of the good things that you know are coming your way in 2017 - that you just can't sleep?

Maybe your mind decides tonight is the time to figure out the plot of your next novel or idea for your next blog post...

Whatever the cause, many of us have an active brain that really likes to put on its party hat when the lights are off and it is quiet. This kind of mental activity does not set us up for having a restful night.

I have an active mind and this is an ongoing challenge for me.

Here are a few tips that work for me to settle my mind at bedtime:

1. Make sure you get plenty of exercise and time outdoors during the day

2. Give yourself plenty of creative time before bedtime: turn off the TV and write, draw, read, etc. I have found this to be key. Many of us creative types just have a hard time giving it up (especially with a quiet house and the world leaving us alone for a time).

3. Nurture your spiritual life: meditate, pray, write in your journal

4. Stretch and practice yoga before bed.

5. Surround yourself with loving and supportive people (it is easier to drift off to sleep when you feel valued and loved).

I will stop for now. We will explore more ideas in future posts.

I would love for you to know that just because you have an active mind does not mean that there is anything wrong with you. You are bright and imaginative and gifted. Your ideas are a gift. You just want them to give you a break for eight hours so you can get some shut eye.

Sweet Dreams,

Debra

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