Aspire Magazine: Inspiration for a Woman's Soul.(TM) Oct/Nov 2018 Aspire Mag Full Issue - Page 67

YOGA NIDRA IS ANOTHER like magic, some will take some time and others might not work for you, experiment and see which ones will be helpful. It will usually take a combination of a few rituals to make a lasting change. GREAT YOGA Tea-Time Chamomile tea is very relaxing and helps your body and mind drift into sleep. Have a couple of double strength (2 teabags) chamomile teas, one in the evening and another shortly before bedtime. It is best to avoid caffeine if you suffer from lack of sleep or at least to minimize it and only drink it in the morning.  Lavender Foot Soak This ritual always puts me to sleep, fast! Lavender is another herb that helps to induce sleep. Use it in an oil diffuser, dilute it with water and spray it on your sheets and pillow or dab a drop or two behind your ears and on your wrist before sleep. A hot foot soak helps to draw the energy from your head to your feet, helping you feel more relaxed and less stressed. Fill up a tub with (pleasantly) hot water, add a few drops of lavender essential oil and soak your feet for 5 minutes before going to sleep. Dry and keep warm by wearing socks. Read A Book Being in front of a screen up until you go to sleep is one of the biggest reasons so PRACTICE THAT HELPS YOU SCAN YOUR BODY AND MENTALLY RELAX EVERY PART. many people are suffering from insomnia nowadays. Go on a media diet for at least 2 hours before sleep. Don’t watch violent and stressful shows at night. Read pleasant, relaxing and nourishing books before sleep. A reading ritual in bed helps you leave your day behind and engage in a nourishing activity that will lull you to sleep. Eat a Light Dinner In Israel, where I grew up, in Europe and in many other parts of the world, lunch is the big hot meal and dinner is a lighter fare. If you are used to eating your biggest meal in the evening, switch it up. Have a smaller, lighter and earlier dinner. When you go to sleep while still digesting a heavy meal, it will keep 67