Our brains and our bodies like structure and routine. Our emotions and our spirit take comfort in these routines. That is what ritual is all about. Boiled down, you could say that it is structure and routine that provides spiritual and emotional comfort.
Let’s use idea to our advantage. Let’s use this to get us a better sleep.
Positive and calming habits done consistently at bed time fill this space for ritual. What would work for you? A calming cup of sleep friendly, non caffeinated tea? Applying lotion that has a sleep friendly fragrance? Playing some soothing, quiet instrumental music? Maybe lighting a candle with a sleep inducing fragrance, having a hot bath or a cool shower or a relaxing scalp massage.
As you do your bedtime ritual, think of putting the day behind you. Think of allowing yourself some time off. Sometimes, I imagine punching a time card like in a factory. I think of how much I deserve to relax and put the day to bed.
Commit to finding the bedtime routine that works most effectively for you. Have a good sleep!