It’s Weird, But It Works (for me, at least)

 

It’s Weird, But It Works (for me, at least)

When was the last time you got a deep, restful sleep?

If you answered, “last night” or “recently” … I’m jealous because I’m a light sleeper. I know that sounds odd coming from a yoga teacher, but it’s true.

If you answered, “Yeah, right” or “*Grunt* never” … I’m right there with you and the good news is I think I may be able to help.

Honestly, in either case, these worthwhile tips might take your slumber to a whole new level.

A quick disclaimer: I am not an agent of, nor am I affiliated with, any of the products mentioned herein.

The first tip may seem obvious: cover your eyes. And cover them well.

These days I use a sleeping mask by Tker.

It’s great because, when used properly, everything is completely blacked out. I mean everything. Another benefit is the ability to keep my eyes open while wearing the mask. The eye cups are convex so nothing brushes against my eyelashes or puts pressure on my eyes themselves.

Bonus tip: try using your sleeping mask throughout your day to give your eyes a rest. Make sure your mask is on properly and everything is pitch black. Look around in the darkness. The benefits are similar to palming.

The second tip: seal your ears.

I can’t tell you how many times the air conditioner’s “click” or the refrigerator’s “clack” would jar me violently from dreamland. I wish I’d thought of using ear plugs years ago.

My sleep improved 66% when I began shutting out all those extra noises.

Nothing fancy here, foam ear plugs do the trick.

Bonus tip: keep ear plugs stashed in your glove box or in a carrying case. They’re great to have on hand for super loud movies, concerts, etc.

The third tip: tape your mouth shut.

Wait. What?

Yep. When you’re ready for beddy-by, relax your face, close your mouth, and place a strip of medical tape over your relaxed lips.

As cuckoo as it sounds, taping your mouth shut encourages you to nasal breathe instead of mouth breathe while you sleep.

Mouth breathing has been linked to chronic allergies, gum disease, bad breath, chronic stress and anxiety, and more.

Whereas nasal breathing’s benefits include, but are not limited to … filtering the breathed air, increased oxygen intake, deeper, fuller breaths, better sleep, vasodilation, and more.

Of course, if you have serious sleeping issues and have to use a CPAP, you definitely want to speak with your doctor to make sure taping your mouth is a safe option for you.

Bonus tip: use baby steps to get used to taping your mouth. Try taping your mouth when you’re chilling and watching TV or reading. As you gradually become more and more comfortable, test it during short naps. Here’s another great tip: If you tape, do so horizontally using only one piece of tape across your lips and fold back about 1/4″ of the tape back over itself to make a “quick-removal flap”.

I know it can seem impossible to get a good night’s sleep.

A lot of people experience the same thing.

It took me a while to find a combination of methods that worked well for me. And luckily, my sleep has gradually improved over time.

And now you’ve got some usable (although maybe weird) tips to try and make your sleep regimen more productive.

Make the decision that you’ll adopt better sleeping practices starting today.

You’ve got this!

Brian Friedman Owner/Director WinterGardenYoga.com


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