For the past 5 years, I have been telling my family, friends, social media followers and even the Starbucks barista that my sleep sucks. The truth is that I really have not fully recovered from mommy’s insomnia, you know the condition where your body is so used to being woken up in the middle of the night that even when the whole family is fast asleep, you are still waking up. So frigging frustrating.
Over the years, I have tried many things to assist with my sleep challenges, meditations, yoga sequences, breathing techniques, essential oils, acupuncture, every possible sleep supplement, medications -yes this Naturopathic doctor was on Trazadone for a period to time. You name it I tried it, all with so, so results, often working at first then a return to that annoying middle of the night waking. Somewhere between trying high doses of melatonin and an array of essentials oil blends, I developed the belief that I was not a good sleeper. It had become my unconscious mantra.
Then it dawned on me if our beliefs become our thoughts and our thoughts become our reality is it possible that a contributing factor to my sleep issue is actually this belief about my sleep? Of course! This is true for every aspect of our health, so why would sleep be any different?
So now when I witness myself and patient’s believing, talking or manifesting about their crappy sleep, I stop that trance in its track and re-frame it. This has been especially important for middle of the night waking, when the very thing we need to fall back asleep is a calm nervous system and instead, we are pumping out cortisol, in place of melatonin because of our anxieties about not being able to fall back to sleep.
A simple re-frame of thought to: This is a calm, quiet, peaceful opportunity for me to rest, breath and move energy through my body is not only relaxing it also provides the message that our body, mind, and soul need to let go and move back into the sleep cycle.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still a stickler for sleep hygiene practices and have my favourites when it comes to sleep supplements but the biggest impact happens with a simple reset in our beliefs.