I thought about what would be most appropriate for a natural medicine cabinet in regards to the current season and this is what I came up with… While there are many great products designed to give you a better night’s sleep usually a lack of sleep is your body’s way of letting you know something is amiss. How many times have you tossed and turned because of a problem at work, a fight with a friend, over indulging in food or drink? Lack of sleep can also be a sign of hormonal imbalances as well and are often seen in correlation with hot flashes.
The natural medicine cabinet essential this week is not another thing you need. The ultimate essential for sleep is paying attention to what your body needs. We live in a society that greatly ignores our natural cycles whether it be our seasons, menstrual cycles or sleep patterns.
According to Chinese Medicine the fall and winter are a time of moving inward. The energy that was so light and abundant during the summer months is now deeper and condensed. This is an appropriate time to pay attention to what your body needs. If you are feeling tired go to bed earlier. It is a natural part of the seasons now to hibernate. Take advantage of it!
The time change especially now when it seems like life is covered in darkness (i.e. leaving for work in the dark and coming home in the dark) is a great time to ditch the clock. If you are like me and revolve around a bed time let go of your normal routines. Get off the computer, turn off the TV and enjoy some quiet time or conversation. Its easier to listen to your body when you are not sucked into a lot of mental stimulation. This might not be a realistic daily routine and that’s ok too! Aim for one day a week to enjoy some quiet time and indulge in rest.
Check back tomorrow for a yoga nidra (sleep) meditation and Thursday for a Natural Remedy that is the equivalent to 2 hours of sleep!