Consistently getting a good night of sleep is one of the best things to do for healthy digestion, and everything else too. For some of us this is one of those things that’s easier said than done.
It’s fairly common for digestive concerns to coincide with stressful life events, significant changes or losses, or challenges at work, school, or home. These experiences make for extra things to do and think about, and that can mean losing valuable sleep. If you’ve noticed a negative loop happening where stress of the day moves into the night, and stress of the night adds more stress to the day, and your body is sending SOS signals, then it’s time to consider your options for a better night of sleep.
Close the Kitchen
Finish eating, including snacks, 3 hours before bedtime. That gives your body time to digest before you go to sleep, otherwise when you’re trying to sleep, your body may be busy working. Synchronize with your digestive system for a good night of sleep, think Team Work!
Consider a Bedtime Routine
If a bedtime routine can settle kids with a lot of energy, it might do the trick for you too. Think of quiet things that relax you… music, meditation, a good book, a bath, stretching, or a combination of your favorite quiet activities. Be creative… color, draw, read a comic book, or sing quiet songs you love.
Turn off the lights, and while you’re at it, all the buzzing electronics in your home. Then light a candle or two or three. I love this one, it’s like going on vacation in the mountains.
Make a list of everything you’re grateful for in life, and for life itself.
Surrender your worries and efforts to figure things out. This is one of my favorites. I say something like, “I don’t know the answer, I need an answer, even just a next step. I’m listening.” I usually write it down, and in the morning often get an answer… at least a next step.
Pray for the good of everything and everyone. Imagine the good.
If you tend to nod off as soon as your head hits the pillow, enjoy, but if you need a little down time to switch gears before you can fall sound asleep, then consider your options…. like this little gorilla!
I’d say more, but I’ve got to get to sleep now!