Sleep is absolutely necessary for you to feel rejuvenated. It is necessary for maintaining emotional balance, good health, and to look good. You must have sleep for harmony in your body. Physical exercise, essentially physical exhaustion, is a good remedy for sleeplessness. Walk, ride a bicycle, run, work out. It’s important to tire yourself out physically, especially if your mind is “working out” and spinning full time. Stress is held in the large muscles, and one must first use the muscles to be able to release the tension in them.
I never had trouble sleeping until I started my own businesses. Ever since, I have problems off and on. When I first started the nonprofit charitable organization to assist Denver’s elderly in need, I began to have sleepless nights filled with worry of how I could keep the doors open and make payroll. I’d put my head on the pillow, and my mind would start whirling with all the problems of that day and the next.
A remedy for sleeplessness
So I thought, “I’ll start reading before I go to bed.” Thomas Jefferson said he never went to bed without the “reading of something moral, whereon to ruminate in the intervals of sleep.” Reading really helped refocus my mind, but I read interesting books and novels on subjects I really enjoyed, so I stayed up late and missed sleep from reading, too!
Rituals are important. Try meditating, yoga, reading, herb teas, and tinctures when time for sleep approaches. Following a regular bedtime routine gives your body and mind a gentle alert that soon it will be time to completely relax and slip into slumber.
Make a tea of:
1/2 ounce peppermint leaves
1/2 ounce rosemary leaves
1/2 ounce sage leaves.
Add honey; sip and relax.
Dancing Willow Herbs, a company in Durango, Colorado, (888) 247-1654, puts out a catalog of products including a tea called Peaceful Slumber that you may want to try. It contains hops, chamomile, lemon balm, passion flower, and valerian.
Make a sleep pillow of lavender, hops, and mugwort. The lavender is relaxing and smells wonderful. The hops are a sedative, and mugwort helps you remember your dreams. You should only make your own or only use one made by a good friend, because just like food (see next paragraph), negative “vibes” can be transferred into the herbs and then into the pillow and ultimately into your body and psyche. Vibrations are everywhere and they can be transferred.
The first time I ever heard of the transfer of vibes was from my sister. Years ago, she was going to the ashram to do volunteer work. I asked her what she did there and she said she cooked. She stated how she was privileged to be chosen to be one of the cooks. My brother and I laughed and thought, “Yeah, well, we’ll honor you and allow you to cook for us, too.” But like so many other things I used to laugh about, I understand now and do believe.
You know vibrations exist. You cannot deny it. When you walk into a room or a party, you pick up on the tone of the place through the vibrations. Choose then, through herbs and oils, which kinds of vibes you desire in your sleep pillow. Take two pieces of three to six-inch square cloths, sew together, and fill with the herb(s) of your choice.
Sleep face up and save your good looks. Sleeping night after night with your face squished against the pillow can really make you look older. When your skin is smashed against the pillow, it can give you early, undeserved lines. Also, fluids can accumulate in the under-eye area, making you look puffy and tired in the morning.
Other thoughts on sleep
- Insomnia can be related to or a direct cause of an emotional problem, indicating an imbalance.
- Alcohol can interrupt sleep.
- Long hot baths with essential oils of lavender and ylang ylang promote relaxation and sleep.
- Homeopathic remedies can help relieve sleeplessness.
- Herbs such as valerian, skullcap, chamomile, hops, blue vervain, wild lettuce, and passion flower have long traditions for inducing sleep.
- Calcium, magnesium, inositol, niacinamide, and biotin have all been recommended for sleep.
- Biofeedback, visualizations, meditation, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture can all help.
- Essential oils to aid sleep include bergamot, lavender, neroli, marjoram, chamomile, rose, sandalwood, verbena, and ylang ylang.