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En­joy sim­ple sen­sa­tions, whether it be the touch and smell of soft, clean sheets of nat­u­ral fab­rics or aro­mas that you find pleas­ant and that in­duce calm­ness. Choose re­lax­ing colours with turquoise or green­ish tones that are known to emit a re­lax­ing fre­quency. Laven­der has been shown to de­crease heart rate and blood pres­sure which should put you in a more re­laxed state.

Dis­con­nect your elec­tri­cal de­vices overnight and you have to avoid sleep­ing with the mo­bile on the bed­side ta­ble so we keep out of the way of the elec­tro­mag­netic waves that it emits dur­ing the night.

Ven­ti­late the room well be­fore go­ing to bed. Good ven­ti­la­tion will aid the op­er­a­tion of our res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem which in turn will give us a greater con­tri­bu­tion of oxy­gen and al­low you to sleep more calmly.

Ex­pos­ing your­self to too much elec­tri­cal light­ing in the late evening dis­rupts mela­tonin sig­nalling and could there­fore po­ten­tially im­pact sleep, ther­moreg­u­la­tion, blood pres­sure and glu­cose.

In or­der to pro­mote dreams, and to re­duce the stim­uli that can im­pede them (since dreams come in a state when you are ex­empt from sen­sory stim­u­la­tion), re­lax for be­tween 15 and 30 min­utes be­fore go­ing to sleep.

A good mag­ne­sium sleep spray with es­sen­tial oils can pro­mote deep re­lax­ation and can aid a good night’s sleep.

Make sure you do not eat too late or, at the very least, try and en­sure that you pre­pare your din­ner so that you don’t have too long to wait af­ter you get back from work (try and pre­pare a few over the week­end and freeze them - thaw them through and don’t use a mi­crowave). Late din­ing harms the prospect of dream­ing. Avoid stim­u­lants like cof­fee.

Do not sleep on your stom­ach.

This po­si­tion puts pres­sure on the ver­te­brae and also causes un­nec­es­sary ten­sion when we flex our legs. The po­si­tion also does not fa­cil­i­tate ven­ti­la­tion.

Given that the heart oc­cu­pies more space on the left side, it is more ad­vis­able to sleep on the right side to re­duce the pres­sure ex­erted on the heart.

If you can wake up rested with the sun af­ter 7-9 hours sleep, then you can wel­come the early morn­ing rays nat­u­rally - but oth­er­wise use shades or cur­tains to make sure you have enough sleep.

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