Sleep Recovery Tips
Simple, Sustainable Changes
We’ve all been there. Lying in bed, feeling exhausted and wanting desperately to get to sleep but your mind’s racing with thoughts about the day and your body won’t relax. Or you’re awake at 3am, knowing you need more sleep but unable to stop compiling tomorrow’s to-do list and feeling more anxious as the clock ticks towards dawn. You drag yourself out of bed in the morning, feeling terrible and worried about how you’re going to get everything done today.
Imagine this: a few changes to your evening routine can help you unwind before you go to bed and then fall asleep easily. And you can learn to feel relaxed whether you sleep through or wake up in the middle of the night, because you’ve got tools and techniques you can use to manage and recharge your energy during the day – no matter how busy you are.
If you’ve been struggling with insomnia for a while you’ve probably tried every cure – from lavender eye masks to sleeping pills. And if you’re reading this, those sleep remedies probably haven’t worked well enough.
Here’s the thing – to create real change in your sleeping patterns using natural remedies, you might need to take a longer term view. Because sleeping better happens via a gradual process:
* Find out why you’re not sleeping and learn how to sleep better, using tools and resources that support your body and help create real sleep that’ll actually nourish you.
* Make small changes gradually so the change is sustainable over time.
...and finally, observe and reflect on what really works for you and decide on your personal set of Sleep Recovery tools.
*Learn your Sleep Type to that you work with your body and mind to get the sleep that you need- even if it's different from what you expect.
* Use the Sleep Tracker (a simple set of questions) to troubleshoot your day, making simple tweaks to your habits that can make all the difference.
*Pull tension out of your body when it’s time to sleep (simple stretches feed back the relaxation cues from your body to your brain)
*Manage your energy – and your stress responses- so that you are in line with the cycle of the day (circadian rhythms)
*Re-train your brain in how to rest with simple things that refresh you and give you valuable 'mental digestion time' during the day
*Sort through the life-stuff, the difficult situations and emotions, so that you can put it all to bed at the end of the day, and get some sleep yourself!
Do I have to do be a 'yoga person'?
Sleep Recovery is about getting into the right habits and learning ways to calm, soothe and ready yourself for the best night's sleep. It's not necessary to be 'into yoga' or take on any philosophies.
There only one thing that I ask you to believe and it's this: YOU ARE NOT A MACHINE.
Sleep Recovery asks simply that you re-learn how to be human,
how to do the natural things that we've all evolved to do:
*breathe more easily
*rest when tired
*be alert during the day
*listen to the body's cues
*let go of concerns
The yoga part is helpful because it shows you HOW to do these things. By drawing on yoga practices, Sleep Recovery provides a time-tested technology that requires nothing outside yourself. Once you learn how to do the practices, they become second nature. They are free, and you can use them any time, anywhere.
Repairing your rest starts now
If you’re suffering from insomnia, interrupted sleep or wake feeling un-refreshed you’re not alone. This compassionate and practical guide to recovering your sleep helps you to repair the physical, mental, emotional and energetic habits that are sabotaging your sleep. You’ll find your personal sleep type, put in place healthier habits, re-learn how to rest deeply and easily. You’ll find your best pathway to Sleep Recovery, with results you can see immediately and that build over time.
Lisa Sanfilippo is a recovered insomniac who has tried, in her worst hours, every therapy, potion, pill and prop to help her sleep and found a sustainable way to wake up happier. She’s led herself and others to better sleep since 2009.
Lisa's a qualified psychotherapist with an MA in transpersonal psychotherapy research, as well as a senior yoga teacher and teacher trainer at Triyoga, the UK’s premiere yoga studio. She trains yoga therapists with Yogacampus in London, teaching Sleep Recovery there, in Europe and soon in the United States.