You’re lying in bed staring at the ceiling, trying not to look at the time. It’s another night of insomnia and counting those sheep has done nothing to relieve it.
Many of us have trouble falling asleep at night, but luckily Eden Energy Medicine has some great exercises up its sleeve to help you get those much needed zzzzz’s.
Most of these exercises are in Donna Eden’s book, Energy Medicine, but I have also linked to videos of some of the exercises to help you along.
Expelling the Venom is a great way to let go of the tension and stress of the day, while the Taking Down the Flame exercise will help calm and ground you before hitting the sack. Two other techniques to help you relax before bed include the Triple Warmer Smoothie (also great for any other part of the day) and The Crown Pull (this helps to make space in the neck and head so that all those thoughts that keep you from sleeping stop floating around).
There are also a few things you can do once you make it to bed. Melatonin is a hormone that is needed for our bodies to enter sleep mode, and one way to naturally activate it is to rub and hold the backs of your knees. These points connect with the pineal gland which produces melatonin.
Sometimes our flight-fight-freeze response (governed by Triple Warmer Meridian) gets the best of us before bed, but there are ways to calm this so that the sandman can start visiting. Place one hand across your forehead (these are the main Neurovascular Reflex Points) and one hand on the back of your head where your head and neck meet. Take a few deep breaths, or more if it feels right, and then place your hands over your heart.
The Triple Warmer/ Spleen Hug is one of my all-time favorites, but you can also place your thumb, 2nd and 3rd fingers together at the indent at the bottom of your throat and rest the other hand right below your belly button. This will relax many of your energy systems. Take a few breaths here, or simply hold it until you fall asleep.
These are just a few techniques to help you get a good night’s rest. Hopefully you will find one that has you snoring in no time at all. Happy dreaming!