How is your sleep?
Do you get enough rest?
According to scientists approximately 10-30 % of adults have insomnia or trouble sleeping, at any given time.
Even more of us have trouble sleeping at some point during the year.
The reasons can be many, and with natural causes such as:
• lack of fresh air
Lack of good sleep and rest can lead to:
• lower immune system
This can be really tiring!
Why do we need good sleep?
When we are sleeping, our bodies get the opportunity to re-balance itself from the stresses of our daily life.
Your Amazing Body is always there for you,
doing whatever you expect it to do.
At least, up on to a point when it have had enough,
and creates an illness for you to stop and acknowledge it.
When we fall asleep, our conscious mind turns off,
and the body get the opportunity to do its service work in peace.
The hours between 01-03 a.m. is the peek time of the liver,
the biggest gland, and second biggest organ, in our body.
The most important job of the liver is to cleanse us from toxins.
Unless you grow all your food yourself,
most of what you eat have been treated with chemicals in some way.
Even the air you breathe,
is filled with chemicals and toxins from traffic and industry.
Not to forget all the chemicals you put on your skin every day;
in your shower soap, shampoo, creams, and more.
Our bodies were never designed to handle this overload of man-made pollution.
So, when we sleep, we are giving a helping hand to our liver for the great job it does for us, keeping us healthy!
Imagine you are trying to service your car while you are driving and doing jobs.
Pretty hard, right?
An another important aspect of our sleep,
is for the mind to process the impressions it have experienced during the day.
This is part of what can come up in your dreams.
If you are meditating regularly, you are also helping your mind processing all the information that goes through it every day.
This is where the expression “30 minutes of meditation equals 60 minutes of sleep” comes from.
Think of it as cleaning your mind,
as you clean your home, and taking your showers.
Reasons for why you can’t sleep, or sleep poorly,
and what to do about it
I have already listed the most common reasons in the beginning of this blog post,
so here I will touch on some other reasons that you might not have thought of.
Your organs are out of balance
If you keep waking up at the same time of night, and not being able to get back to sleep,
you might need to take a look at your organs.
According to Chinese Medicine each of our organs have it’s peak time where it is extra active.
Here are the organs and their hour during normal night time:
11 p.m. – 01 a.m.: Gall bladder
1-3 a.m.: Liver
3-5 a.m.: Lung
5-7 a.m.: Large intestine
7-9 a.m.: Stomach
The energy in the organ might be blocked, excess, or weak.
Your organ might also be needing some attention from your doctor.
Note: Vibrational unbalance shows up long before a physical symptom might occur,
so if your doctor’s test shows normal, there might still be an unbalance.
Be happy that you get aware of it before it shows up as a physical illness in your body!
In cases, the organ at the opposite time of the day might influence the organ that keeps waking you up.
Tip for help:
Consult with an certificated acupuncturist or reflexologist for helping you to find the cause of the unbalance in your body, and help it get back into balance.
You can also do Strengthen Your Health in 5-7 Minutes Daily and see if it can help you.
I recommend to do this routine every day, no matter if you have trouble sleeping or not.
This is a big subject, and I will get back on it in a separate blog post.
You are influenced with other peoples energy
We are energy beings, and we also communicate energetically.
Are you feeling anxious, or having worries or unexplained pains in your body?
You might experience other peoples emotions and pain.
You can read more about it here:
How to Clear Out Your Energy Body
Tip for help:
Read the above link on how to clear your Energy Body.
Take a shower.
Water cleanses our Aura from energy debris we have picked up during the day.
Taking a shower just before you go to bed might help you sleep better.
Sometimes it can be that simple.
Lack of exercise
When we don’t move our bodies, our energy inside the body doesn’t flow naturally either.
This can lead to stagnation in the energy flow, which might cause you trouble falling asleep.
Tip for help:
Walking for 15 minutes a day, or doing yoga, qigong or other activity might be just what you need.
If you are too sick to move,
you can watch videos on YouTube, and imagine that you are doing it too.
Your mind can’t always tell the difference on what you think you do, and what you actually do.
I will get back on this subject later.
Yoga for sleep can be very useful too.
There are many videos on YouTube, so search one that fit for you.
Your mind goes into overactive mode as soon as you get into bed
Are you keeping yourself busy all day, to avoid thinking or feeling about something?
The reason it feels like your mind is going into overactive mode as soon as you get into bed, or even think about it, is that when you finally relax a bit, your mind can bring forward unprocessed stuff for digestion.
Tip for help:
Instead of sleeping pills and alcohol, try meditation!
Meditation is to let go of thoughts, without getting involved in them.
When you observe a thought, let it pass through your mind without getting attached to it. With practice, you will find this easier, and notice that you need less time.
If you are new to meditation, you can read about it here:
Meditation Made Easy
If you are feeling tense, and your thoughts won’t let go, try this one:
Meditation to Release Tension and Self Healing
You can also search for guided meditations for sleep on YouTube.
If you are feeling “spacy” and out of touch with yourself and your body,
you might need some grounding.
Tip for help:
There are many ways to ground yourself.
Here are some ways you can try:
- Rub a stainless steel spoon underneath the soles of your feet
- Close your eyes and visualize that your energy goes up and out your head.
Connect to the Universal Light above you.
Take this with you, down into your body, and let it go through your body, down to your feet.
Here let it go out of the soles of your feet, and down into the Earth, like the roots on a tree. Connect to the Center of the Earth, and bring this energy back up through your roots, into your feet, and up your body, until the top of your head.
- Stamp your feet on the floor several times
- Spend more time in nature,
or with living plants in your home.
- Take a foot bath with a few soup spoons of sea salt before you go to bed
Nothing seems to help
If you have tried everything, and you don’t know what to do:
Ask your body!
You can say:
“My dear Body, I don’t understand what is going on.
I can’t sleep, no matter what I do.
I surrender to your Wisdom and Knowledge.
Can you let me know in an easy-to-understand way what is going on?
We both need our sleep and rest.
I am grateful for your insight and information.
Or, you can use what words come natural to you.
There is no right or wrong way to do this.
It is your body, and no one knows it better than you do!
Now, try to relax, and not force an answer to come to you.
It might come as an insight of thoughts or image, a small video clip,
a book being recommended for you to read, or a sudden need to browse something.
Then you can ask your body if this is it.
You might then feel a feeling of relief or lightness.
This means Yes.
While you are lying awake
Even if you can’t sleep, you can still get some rest.
Try not to think of the time,
and instead try to relax and lie with your eyes closed.
Think of something you are grateful for in your life.
Every time a negative thoughts comes up,
just let it pass by, like a cloud on the sky,
or imagine it as a balloon you are holding, and now you let it go.
I am not a doctor, and if you feel like it is needed, go and see a doctor.
These are only ways to help you that have worked for me, and many others.
If you are having trouble sleeping over a longer period of time,
I highly recommend to see a doctor and check out:
• your sleep hormone Melatonin
• your other hormones
• your glands
• vitamins and minerals levels
• any illness that can disrupt your sleep
Note: not all of the results might show correctly on a blood test.
So if you still feel something is not right even thought the test says they are,
follow your intuition.