Three Real World Sleep Rituals for Deeper Sleep
Posted on January 25 2018
2. Lose the Snooze!
You're angry at your morning alarm for a reason - it's actually bad for you!
A loud noise that wakes us from beautiful slumber actually puts our bodies into fight or flight which puts pressure on the heart and raises stress hormones. So first, you need to choose a nice tone and make the sound ascending so it slowly brings you out of sleep.
You can also download an app like Sleep Cycle that will wake you up in the lighter stage of sleep. When most of us wake up feeling rubbish, it could be a bad night's sleep or it could actually be because you've woken up from a deep stage of sleep.
Each sleep cycle is approx 90 mins. If you hit snooze after your alarm, you'll go straight back into deep sleep, so if you wake up any earlier than 90 minutes later, you're likely to wake up feeling groggy and grumpy.
Get up and get outside! This also sets your circadian rhythm for the day and tells your body in 18 hours it will be time for sleep.
3. Focus on Sleep Cycle
As each sleep cycle is 90 minutes, and ideally you need more than 6 hours sleep, your goal should be 7.5 hours.
Like any goal, you'll need to work toward this slowly. Focus on an extra 15 minutes sleep each week until you reach 7.5 hours. If you set your own sleep routine eg. shower, pjs, magnesium oil, read... it will help trigger your brain and body that it's time to wind down for sleep.
Even listening to a relaxing song or white noise that is the same every night, it will become your sleep trigger.
Delta Dreams xx