Several students have recently pointed out to me that waking up in the morning is easy if they can get to bed on time – it’s going to sleep at night that is the hard part.
I can’t argue with that.
Most of you are very aware of the benefits of getting enough rest at night, and the benefits of deep sleep. You’ve also probably heard of the benefits of synchronizing the day/night or light/dark rhythms called the circadian rhythm.
But do you know why going to bed early is beneficial to the body? My friend Annette, an Ayurvedic health coach, explains that the dominant energy between 10pm – 2am is reigned by the subtle energy of Pitta. Before 10pm is the slow, heavy, replenishing energy of Kapha. When you fall asleep before 10pm, you get replenished and nourished. The energy at this time of night is more sluggish, so you may find it easier to fall asleep. When you tune into the Kapha time of day, you’ll notice that your sleep is sweeter, deeper, and more healing.
For me going to bed before 10pm is not too difficult. I am active during the day and by the time I get home I am usually exhausted. BUT, going to bed requires me to actually be home. And this can be tricky. Especially when the weather is beautiful, the days are long and light, and I have fun invitations to consider.
You are never going to find time. You have to make it. So if you want to sleep more, you have to make time for it.
I doubt I will ever have a perfectly balanced life, but I like to entertain the idea of it. If there is a social outing that sounds fun to me, I go. Even if I know I will get to bed late and likely wake up tired. I do a quick decision matrix in my head. I consider what I have to do the next day and how much fun I think I am going to have plus who I will be spending my time with and then I make up my mind. I try not to let any invitation or obligation that I am not super into intrude into my sleep time.
Once I’m home, the rest is cake. Here’s what I do to fall asleep fast (and sleep soundly)
If you want to fall asleep fast and wake up feeling good, pay attention to your nighttime patterns and what you automatically do when you get up.
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