Sweet Sleep: Cultivate It

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My colleague Mary calls it the "three-legged stool;" the legs we are assessing with clients include movement, nourishment, and sleep. When one of these are off, everything can go wonky.

Personally, I spent years cultivating healthy movement and nourishment; however I took sleep for granted. It wasn't until I was in a stress management group in graduate school when I finally considered that my sleep hygiene wasn't all that. Since then I have been cultivating sweet sleep practices; and most of the time, it works.  

Myriad reasons lead me to believe I am not the only one who may struggle with healthy sleep hygiene. In fact, I think it is important enough to devote an entire series of posts to it. The rest of the Insight team will be weighing in as well. 

To start, it is helpful to assess your current sleep habits. What do you do, and don't do, every night? What is your ritual? Who taught you? How many hours do you get each night? How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Some of you may sleep with another; how does that impact your sleep?

This is a great resource that explains why sleep matters, as well as the science of sleep. I am excited to share some of the practices myself, our therapists, and clients have cultivated to enhance sweet sleep. 

Good night,
Dina

{Photo by Hutomo Abrianto.}