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6 steps to getting a better sleep
1. JUST BREATHE.
Instead of compiling your to-do list or even counting sheep, practise Dr. Andrew Weil’s Zen guarantee: Let out all your breath; breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold for seven
seconds and breathe out for eight. Repeat.
2. WRITE IT DOWN.
We threw out our diaries after rereading the embarrassing odes to our Grade 10 crushes. But investing in a Moleskin to write out anxieties may also help you nod off, says sleep consultant Alanna McGinn of Good Night Sleep Site. “It’s out of your brain; it’s on the paper and you can go to bed without thinking about it.”
3. BETTER YET, COLOUR.
Scribble away your insomnia; don’t worry about staying in the lines. Colouring books are no longer child’s play. “It brings down the heart rate and calms the body,” says McGinn.
4. FIND YOUR INNER YOGI.
Practising yoga is one of the best ways to induce deep sleep, concludes a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. Our pick of the month? Yoga Glo, a Netflix of namastes that allows you to stream 3,000 classes.
5. TAKE A VACAY.
One reason we tend to sleep better when we’re away from home is because we are less dialed in to daily stresses, says McGinn. Score even more sleep with the Power Nap treatment at The Spa at The Miami Beach EDITION, which uses micro-current technology to mimic four hours of sleep in 20 minutes.
6. YOUR BED = YOUR SANCTUARY.
Whether it’s a special pillowcase or the ritual of applying a luxurious hand cream, find what you need to feel calm and embrace it.