Practicing sleep hygeine
You are always one night of sleep away from a nice toned stomach. That's the cold hard truth + sleep hygiene is a critical part of any beauty + wellness + holistic living plan. Our sleepy time is when the body uses all of the energy from the day to restore, reset, and enliven our selves for the morning so that we can wake up ready to conquer. And with class. This is why we apply heavy oils, creams, and face masks just before bed. This is a time of absorption + assimilation as the body is getting ready to use its juice to mend and strengthen the agni (internal fire) from the inside out. If you find yourself lethargic during the day, this is a sure sign you aren't practicing adequate sleep hygiene. Some people can coast on less sleep than others and everyone needs a different foundation. Its simply finding what works best for you.
Aside from being a Taurus, I feel strongly that sleep is the key to clarity and stability and 6-8 hours just doesn't cut it because some nights you need 10+. But its not just the amount of hours that you get that leaves you toned, perky, energized and bright each morning your head leaves the pillow. Everything from the arrangement of your room, to what you consume before bed, to who you are living or sharing space with can greatly impact the quality of your sleep. Quality over quantity strikes again!
FENG SHUI | face your bed towards the door, not next to it. this allows you receive all of the chi (energy) flowing in and out of the space through the door. Avoid sleeping in line with the door as it contributes to anxiety + stress + Poor health. By facing the door, you gain control or command of your life. Do not store any computers in your bedroom as this is place of rest, not energy + work. By keeping your bed to the left of a window, as opposed to underneath it, you are able to take in all the positive energies of the universe each day you wake.
food for sleep | Consume foods/herbs such as ashwagandha, Valerian root, cherries, almonds, and chamomile for a night of restoration. Ashwagandha has a tranquilizing effect on the brain and reduces the amount of cortisol release so that blood pressure is lowered + insomnia is out of the question. Cherries + cherry juice boost melatonin, while almonds contain tons of magnesium, a mineral essential for quality sleep. Chamomile is long been touted as a sleep remedy thanks to glycine, which promotes relaxation and is a mild sedative. Remember to buy organic when possible.
energetics of the house | Whom you share space with is critical for the overall vibe of a household.I live with two other women, and we are very particular with who comes in and out of the house as the feel of the house can quickly be changed. Before you let someone into your space, observe their aura. It may not match to the same tone as you would like your living space to be meshed with.
hours of snooze time | Just because you sleep for 8 hours doesn't mean you're quality of rest is what it could be. Try and practice normal sleep + wake patterns as your body operates most efficiently when following circadian rhythms. I aim to be in bed by 9:30 and wake up around sunrise.
night time rituals | Go ahead and set up a nice little corner in your room dedicated to long, quiet, breathrough inducing sits. Arrange plush pillows, incense, candles, crystals + oils with calming qualities such as chrysocolla, lavender oil, and patchouli oil to bring yourself to a state of center before your beauty brain hits the pillow.
Sleepy time tonic:
2 cups chamomile tea
1/4 cup soaked almonds
1/2 tsp Ashwagandha
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 TBLSP lemon juice
1 TBLSP raw honey
Blend on high + pour into a mug . . . .