A restful night's sleep is essential for many facets of daily life. Learn healthy nighttime rituals and listen to guided meditations designed to have you sleeping soundly every night.How To Fall Asleep Faster by Catherine Wikholm
1. How To Fall Asleep Faster
Have you ever laid in bed feeling absolutely exhausted, yet you can’t fall sleep? Tuning into physical sensations in the body is one of the most effective ways to fall asleep faster. In this session you will focus on the sensation of breathing in order to re-direct your thoughts and allow your mind to drift off to sleep.
2. Ease Evening Anxiety
In this session you will learn how to manage evening anxiety and worry. A 'letting go' mindfulness exercise will help you get some valuable distance from your worries by observing your thoughts rather than reacting to them. By simply noticing what is occurring in your mental flow and allowing your thoughts to arise and pass, you'll ease your anxiety and be able to drift into a deep, restorative sleep.
3. Progressive Relaxation Exercise
Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that enables you to effectively relax your mind and body through systematically tensing and relaxing muscle groups. During this exercise Dr. Catherine will ask you to tense each muscle group in turn for about five seconds, before releasing. You can do this exercise at any point during the day, but it’s a great one to do in bed, especially if you are aware you are feeling a little tense and struggling to relax.
4. Calm A Busy Mind
Your state of mind at bedtime has a major influence on achieving a good night’s rest. When you feel relaxed, it’s much easier to drift off than when you feel preoccupied with worry. An effective way to stop worry in its tracks is through visualization or guided imagery. In this session, Dr. Catherine will guide you through this technique and enable you to switch your mind into 'sleep mode'.
5. Mountain Summit Sleep Story
Summit the peak of a majestic mountain in this soothing sleep story. Not only will the mediative tones of Natasha's voice lull you to sleep, this story will also help inspire a sense of opportunity and success.
6. The Light Within Sleep Story
This sleep story features a sensory visualization filled with positive and uplifting ideas to guide you into a restful night's sleep. Each of Natasha's stories provide as an aide to help you naturally fall asleep each night.
7. Ocean Journey Sleep Story
Experience the stress-reducing power of a well-crafted story. In this session you will float away on an ocean journey through calm waters while enjoying the soft tickle of sun on your skin.
8. Deep Sleep Story
In this session Natasha will lead you through a deep sleep story visualisation which will allow you to completely switch off the mind and fall into a state of deep, restorative sleep.The aim is to simply enjoy the process of relaxing consciously and to witness your mind slowing down and any sensations in the body. This is a wonderful session to come back to whenever you start to feel tense, physically or mentally, or simply off balance.
9. Breath Exercise For Sleep
Paying attention to our breath is a powerful way of bringing our awareness to the present moment and slowing down our thoughts. In this session Natasha will guide you through the practice of alternating the flow of breath between each nostril. The purpose of this breathing technique is to calm the nervous system by slowing the breath rate down and introducing short holds to the breath. This will allow you to clear your mind, let go of any worries and prepare you for evening relaxation and a deep sleep.
10. Gentle Stretches For Bed
In this session Natasha will guide you through a deeper physical practice that will allow you to release storied tension in the body. She will demonstrate 3 simple, restorative poses which you can hold for up to 5 minutes each in order to calm the nervous system, lower stress levels and prepare the body for a restorative restful sleep.