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
- write down notes
- grab a drink of water in the night
To get a better sleep in the chunks you do get.
This was, after all, the natural way of sleeping before eight 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. I like to use a satin mask like this one, as it also helps to prevent wrinkles.
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, kava kava and chamomile.
My favorite is this blend from Traditional Medicinals.
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 in a high amount of caffeine after a certain time of the day, will drastically affect their quality of rest.
For me, I limit caffeine intake after 3pm and have found myself able to sleep much better.
Naturally Boost Melatonin
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, but production can also be enhanced by taking more foods with naturally higher levels of melatonin such as:
- Sweet corn
Taking a low dosage, natural melatonin supplement like this one, 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 and your natural sleep cycles.
Amanda Linette Meder
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