Time to Count Blessings Instead of Sheep
By Sandy Schroeder
Do you count your blessings every night? If you do, you may be on the right track to getting a good night's sleep every night. Doctors tell us we need seven to nine hours of rest every night to refuel our mental and physical resources. Too often, we try to skim by with five or six hours, or find ourselves waking up at 3 a.m., trying to figure it all out.
The WellAndGood.com site often posts pictures of people sitting cross-legged on their bed, holding a cup of cocoa and a good book. In the background, there are strings of soft lights. The picture tempts me to rush out and get all of the makings to create this sublime bedtime ritual to make a good night's rest a daily blessing.
Of course there are more things to add.
Add the sound - Soft music, jazz guitars, classical strings, or gorgeous solos can be another cue to relax and let go of the day.
Comfort plus - A perfect mattress and pillows with a down comforter will help. Lumpy mattresses and flat pillows can add pain and keep you awake.
Live greenery - Pick up a few plants to help clean up the air and freshen the room.
Opt for quiet - Use air filters to screen out noise and sweep out odors.
Add a snack - A warm cup of cocoa or whole wheat crackers and string cheese may be about right.
Cozy sleepwear - Pick comfy PJs or lightweight sweats and add cozy socks
Something to read - Skip the mysteries and pick an author who relaxes you.
Add night lighting - Use strings of soft lights to set the mood and add a good reading light.
Use blackout drapes - Screen out outside lights and you may be more ready for the morning light.
Skip the electronics - Subtract your phone, laptop and TV completely, or for at least two hours before bedtime.
Cut back on caffeine - Try shutting caffeine down right after lunch and having less in the morning.
Cut back on the brews - Drink moderately, especially right before bedtime.
Sidestep spicy food - Save the hot peppers and hot sauce for lunch and avoid late evening spicy dinners or snacks.
Whatever works for you, hang onto the habit and keep adding to it. Getting enough rest can make the difference every day in your attitude, performance and just sheer enjoyment of being on the planet.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loveland, Colo.