I recently traveled from Rome to Phoenix so time zones were shifted. Then, I over-scheduled social engagements. In other words, I let myself get run down and the result wasn’t good.
I lost my shimmer for a couple of days. :(
But I didn’t let it go long.
I said… HOLD THE PHONE! OH HELL NO! I took immediate action and got back into my routine, determined to get my shimmer back — pronto. I did the following routine (below), loaded my mind with positive self-talk, and cranked up the feel-good music!
(It worked — yay!)
Being rested, recharged, and well slept is important for manifesting, because it’s our thoughts AND feelings that make our dreams come true. We won’t think as positively or feel as uplifted if we’re tired or run down. Just not gonna happen when we’re drained.
On the contrary, with great sleep and great energy, we attract our miracles faster!
But, if the shine isn’t there, if you’re not emitting a shimmery high-frequency energy, then you’re just delaying all the good coming to you. A bad night’s sleep is one of the major factors that alter people’s mood and downgrade their happiness and zest for life.
Lack of sleep (or rest) will put out your fire, like a wet blanket. We don’t want that!
So, make sure you get good sleep.
Rest when your body asks you to because it’ll help you manifest your miracles faster. You should look at sleep as supporting everything you’re doing. It increases your health, helps you lose unwanted weight, and makes more magic in your life.
You see more opportunities because your eyes are wide open, not falling asleep!
I urge you to look at your sleeping habits and create a protocol that will help you optimize your sleep.
Tips to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life!
Here’s what I do!
1. Time to Bed — 2. Special Glasses — 3. Meditation
I have a routine for my evening because it means no surprises. It allows my night to flow easily.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t hiccups when you travel or when something comes up… the main idea here is to have the routine that you normally follow.
The bottom line is it really just means getting to bed on time and allowing yourself 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Or more if necessary. For me, I set an alarm on my calendar to tell me to GO THE FUCK TO BED(!). :)
This also means that I don’t drink anything caffeinated past 1 PM otherwise I won’t be able to fall asleep peacefully.
This also means that I don’t schedule social activities late in the evening, if I can help it. There’s no doubt that this will disrupt my sleep, but sometimes it can’t be avoided, ya know? In these instances I get home from the event, wash my face, put on some sleep music and get straight to bed (usually without meditating because I’d rather just get to sleep).
Bad-Ass Blue-light Blocking Glasses
I also use blue-light blocking glasses in the evening before bed. I have two pair: one pair that is yellow and blocks 70% of the blue light, and I wear these in the evening as I’m making dinner and transitioning, for a few hours before bed.
The other pair are red and they completely block 100% of blue, green and violet light.
They’re super rad and I feel like a bad-ass wearing them. I use them when I’m in bed if I’m reading (on my Kindle) or using my phone. These dramatically increase the ability to have better sleep and to fall asleep easier, because you really relax wearing them and they help melatonin production.
I love these glasses and my daughter wears them, too. After a few days of wearing them, she, unsolicited, said she’s sleeping better because she’s not waking up in the middle of the night anymore.
From their website…
When your head hits the pillow, you’ll fall asleep quickly and sleep more deeply. Twilight glasses are also great for managing time-zone shifts, such as when traveling. Another great use is for people (such as new moms) who get up in the middle of the night and need to get back to sleep quickly. For those who live in far northern climates where it’s light well into the night, Twilight glasses can provide “early darkness” for better summertime sleep.TrueDark Website
And, you all know I like to meditate in the evening, followed by some reading if there’s time (or vice versa). At night it’s usually my husband and I meditating together, and it’s such a nice way to wind down the evening. The meditations help me change my brain waves so I can get out of beta brainwaves to a more relaxed alpha or theta experience.
Oura Sleep Tracking Ring: I recently also bought the Oura ring to track my sleep and see if there were improvements to be made. I love the ring and get excited each day looking at my sleep data. It tells me the amount of time I’m spending in the various sleep stages. So far I know I dream a lot — like more than the average and I wonder if it’s all of the learning I’m doing every day. It’s my brain processing it all. On the other side, although I have some nights with a good amount of deep sleep, I don’t get enough of it on other nights (maybe because so much of my time is being spent in REM). I’m currently working on ways to increase my deep sleep and the red glasses above are helping.
Sleep Music: I play music to inspire sleepiness while I’m reading in the evening in bed. It’s Sleep Therapy by Sonicaid and it’s nice to have in the background during the last hour of my day.
Look Up: Another little tip I learned to help you relax and sleep is looking up with your eyes closed. So, when you’re head is on your pillow and you’re trying to sleep, with your eyes closed, look up toward your eyebrows. It strains your eyes a bit and doesn’t feel awesome so I only ever manage to do it about 5 to 6 seconds at a time, but it works for me. Doing it repetitively a few times definitely makes me more tired.
Pro-tip: do this “look up” activity in the beginning of a meditation to enhance alpha brain waves, and help you get into a good meditative state sooner.
Eye Mask: I really should list this one up above as a priority because I don’t sleep without one. It not only blocks any light, ensuring I sleep until I’m ready to wake up, but it also is like a trigger. Once I put it on, my body knows it’s time to sleep. Here’s a popular one so I’ll have two around my house.
Why two? One is by my bed for sleep and the other is to use in my living room where I meditate. My meditations are much better wearing an eye mask to help block any distractions, even with eyes closed, the darkness provided by the mask is much better.
Duh(!)-Tips: Obviously, caffeine shouldn’t be consumed after 12-2pm depending on your bedtime and alcohol will trash your sleep, too. I also like to have my last meal finished at least three hours before my head hits the pillow.
Between an evening meditation and wearing my glasses that’s pretty much all I do to ensure that I have a great sleep. Obviously the most important thing is just to make sure that you have enough time to get the right amount of sleep! And that, frankly, means getting to bed early enough.
Sleep makes us more beautiful and keeps our shimmer strong. Finding ways, like good sleep, to maintain our elevated emotions and uplifted energy will make you leagues better at manifesting — so get to it!
Sweet Dreams, Lovelies!