Are you a light sleeper?
Is it hard for you to fall asleep when there’s any light coming in from the windows?
Sensitive to noises from neighbors, pets and partners?
Consider you may have intuitive abilities.
A side effect of having natural intuitive gifts is that you are naturally more sensitive to your environment and those within it.
This includes your daytime environment and your nighttime environment. From energy, to emotions to noises and movement - people who are intuitively sensitive can perceive more than most.
Having acute awareness of your environment can make it difficult to sleep if the conditions are less than perfect.
Thankfully, there are several ways you can work with your intuitive side to produce better, even more restful sleep than ever before.
5 Holistic sleep Remedies for the sensitive soul
Connect With Your Circadian Rhythm
As a connected being, you are intricately tied to the circles, the rhythms and the patterns of the earth. Your body is in tune with the natural cycles of the planet and as is your soul.
It wasn’t until the industrial revolution that many people had trouble falling and staying asleep. In fact, pre-industrial revolution, people actually slept in two periods - taking to bed only shortly after dinner, waking up around midnight to 1 am and then falling back asleep. Many people think this hour of ‘mischief’ of waking up the middle of the night is where the term ‘witching hour’ actually originated.
You may find it helpful to honor your body’s natural inclination to get up and walk around in the middle of the night, write down notes or grab a drink of water in the night - this was, after all, the natural way of sleeping before 8 hour nights were implemented during many societal industrial revolutions.
Limit Artificial Lighting Before Bed
The advent of artificial lighting has pushed our natural bedtimes back, and artificial lights can trick your body into believing it’s earlier than it really is.
To help yourself fall asleep at a more natural time, limit the amount of artificial light you receive in the 1-2 hours before bedtime. Use candles, turn down the lights or roll down the shades. If you live in an urban center with lots of artificial light, it may help you to use a sleeping mask.
Seek Help from the Plant World
As a sensitive interacting in a world with lots and lots of sensory inputs, it can be hard to wind down and calm down after a busy day. After all, you’re more sensitive to the high energy inputs of interacting with the world than most.
There are many safe, relaxing herbal teas you can take to assist you in calming down and coming back down to a place of center before bed. I suggest mugwort, valerian,
Ditch the High Caffeine Intake
If you are already someone with extra-heightened sensitivity, taking a supplement to increase the speed of reception can definitely make it difficult to slow down when it’s time for rest.
Many intuitives are sensitive to caffeine and find that taking
For me, I limit caffeine intake after
Naturally Boost Melatonin Instead
Melatonin is a hormone naturally produced in plants, animals and bacteria at the anticipation of the onset of darkness. It is thought to be produced by the body to aid in sleeping and more successful periods of resting time.
Melatonin production can be suppressed by exposure to light before bed (see #2), but production can also be enhanced by taking more foods with naturally higher levels of melatonin such as:
Taking a low dosage, natural melatonin supplement before bedtime can also help promote a more restful sleep, as well.
These are just five possible tips to help you get better sleep while honoring your natural intuitive gifts.
I hope this helps!