Problems with sleep are endemic in modern urban society. Heartfulness will help you to become more in tune with natural cycles and thus regulate your sleep patterns. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
Rise early in the morning and spend a few minutes out in the sun, as this will balance the hormones serotonin and melatonin, aiding in regular sleep patterns.
Around sunset, or when you finish your day’s work, do the Heartfulness Cleaning, so that you are able to let go of the worries and stresses of the day.
Wind down in the evening for a couple of hours before sleeping, so your brainwaves slow down and you are able to naturally transition into sleep.
At bedtime, first analyze what you could have done better during the day and let go of any wrongs you have done, vowing not to repeat them. Then do the Heartfulness Prayer so you sleep in a deeply open relaxed state, connected to your Centre. You can also meditate while lying down after the prayer, so that you gently drift off to sleep.
If you still have trouble sleeping, here are some more useful tips:
Wash your feet before going to bed.
Try sleeping on your right side, as it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you calm down.
Imagine gentle cool water falling from above your head, calming you.
Drink a glass of warm milk.
Do the Heartfulness Relaxation lying down in bed.
Listen to relaxing music. Some music that is particularly good for sleeping can be found at www.heartfulness.org/goodnightsleep.