Tips for Better Sleep

FRANÇAIS PAGE 2 – Conseils pour Mieux Dormir

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We all need to sleep better. Because sleep is what help us recharge our batteries. But did you know that we often don’t sleep well enough because of habits we have?

According to what Dr M. Breus said, we don’t sleep well because our bodies are not able to attain that deep sleep state where they can properly rest. I’m talking about REM sleep and this is actually essential for us to wake up rested in the morning.

Do you also feel like you have enough time to sleep but still wake up tired, no matter the time you go to bed? Then, continue reading to discover the 5 tips Dr Breus advises us to follow to perform at our best everyday.

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1 – One wake up time

You need to choose one wake up time. No matter the hour, you have to be consistent with yourself.

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Yes, only one. Even on the weekends. Your body needs to have that routine to properly adapt to your environment.

Only then will you be able to even wake up without any alarm. By choosing to wake up everyday at the same time, you will even find yourself planning your day in the good way. And even be consistent in your everyday life.

2 – Caffeine

We almost all drink coffee. And everyone knows that coffee, as almost everything in life, can be harmful if we drink too much of it.

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As a matter of fact, our body needs about 6 to 8 hours to eliminate coffee.

So, we have to stop drinking coffee by 2 pm if we want to sleep well.

3 – Alcohol

Basically, in the same sense as coffee, if we want our bodies to eliminate alcohol properly, we should drink one cup of water for every glass of alcohol we drink, and wait one hour before going to bed.

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Actually, in order for alcohol not to affect the physical restoration of the body during sleep – because it does affect it, alcohol make your body skip REM sleep and even lead you to snore sometimes – we need to be aware of our consumption of it.

If you have more than 3 glasses, Dr Breus advises you to simply stop drinking alcohol 3 hours before going to bed.

4 – Exercise daily

We all understand that exercising is essential to a healthy lifestyle but we should also choose when we exercise. In fact, exercising increase our body temperature and brings the wrong signal to our brains in order to sleep.

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Dr Breus also advises anyone with problem sleeping to try and have a warm bath before going to bed. This will cool off your body and then send signals to your brain that it is time to go to bed, because our body temperature decreases once out of the water.

Tip # 4 is then to stop exercising 4 hours before bed.

5 – Water and sunlight

Usually, when we wake up, we don’t necessarily need more sleep, we are tired because our body needs to be hydrated and feel the sunlight.

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And guess what, if you take time to go outside in the morning, you actually taking time to yourself and then you have time to dedicated to your daily meditation. Check my article about meditation if you didn’t have time already : Stop running and Listen to Yourself.

As soon as you get out of bed, drink about 20 ounces of water and get 15 minutes of sunlight.

I guarantee you, if you follow those tips, you will have a better sleep and then a better life. Only when you listen to yourself can you be productive and creative in your everyday life.

If you want to know more about Dr M. Breus, I invite you this visit his website.

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Be sure to stay tuned, as we are going to continue talking about the mind-body connection and how this can be a game changer in your life.

Thank you for reading me and I’ll see you in the next article.

Stay tuned.

Love

Ben

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The Benefits of Corona Virus

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Let’s continue our exploration of what the world has to offer us. And what is the world offering us all today? 

Time.

We all asked for some spare time to continue the work we were doing, we all had a voice asking for vacation or even just asking to be left alone. There we are.

This time offered to us is as an answer to all those “prayers”. When you ask or wish for something, it can be considered as a prayer. And since we do have the time to think, the earth might be trying to tell us something it has been trying to say for a long period of time.

What if someone or something was trying to show us things from a different perspective? What if the world was just trying to show us the way things have to be done? If we think about it, we can learn a lot with Corona Virus apparition. It can teach us a lot of things, besides all the death it has cost.

And what is death but the start of something new? It gives room for something new, for an evolution. We should honour it, and yet also consider it as a part of life.

First of all, we should all think of all the people dying right now from Covid 19 and pay tribute to them. They didn’t ask for anything and yet it happened suddenly, no one was even ready for it.

And then again, it gives us the opportunity as a member of the earth to connect to one another and to remember that we are all connected and living on the same planet. Frontiers do not have the power to take that away from us, we the people are more than powerful when it comes to working together.

Connectedness is what is going to make us stronger after this crisis has passed. 

We will learn how to work independently as well as with the other, realise that it is possible to work on our own, from our own house. And if difficulty appears, it’s also an opportunity for us to be humble and ask for help, when it is needed. We have to work together and ask for help and I believe it’s also a benefit we can gain from this crisis.

We will always know crisis in our lives. As individuals, where we will need to work on ourselves and learn from it. But this one is the same for everyone in the world, we will therefore still have to ask for help and work on ourselves as a community. A community composed of all the people in the world. It’s an opportunity for us to remember that we are all connected and living on the same earth.

Therefore, if we want to live happily and peacefully, we need to concentrate on the good things happening around us. It doesn’t take apart the fact that horrible things are still happening. But if you are like me, you might tend to be really anxious with the situation. I must say it, I’m kind of scared when I have to go shopping and I can’t stand to watch the news everyday, if I do so, I know I’m going to feel, sleep and think bad. Television only brings us fear. Fear is the opposite of love. And if we want to be happy in our body and soul we do have to be full of love.

In order to take care of one body and mind, one need to be focused on the good things. Because life is still going on for a lot of us and we should be ready and powerful enough to face what is coming for us and also as a way of paying tribute to everyone that has died ; for us.

We’re in this together, all of us. 

And even if some people might tell you that economy is bad, that people are using this historical event to gain from the pain of others and that we will never be the same ; I believe we will indeed be different when everything has passed but in a good way.

I know it is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, but this feeling doesn’t have to take all part of your being. You can start to work and listen to yourself in order to feel good. 

If I am well, my neighbour will be well, we are talking about energy here, even if we are all confined we still can elevate the vibration of the world, by helping others in one way and by helping ourselves. And this is the subject of the movie project I’m working on at the moment, you can find out more about it here on my last article.

We still are an example for the people around us, but not in the same way we used to be for the moment.

You have to feel good, because if you don’t, you’ll die. Feeling good is like your way of saying to your body that it is strong and healthy.

You have to keep dreaming, if you don’t, you’ll die. A bicycle will never be up by being still, it’s because it’s moving that it is able to stay up. So keep moving, even if you can’t move outside of your house.

This virus is giving space for us but above all, for the planet. 

Look at it, almost the whole world is on pause right now. Which gives space for nature to take back its rights. There is less pollution than ever, animals come back to some cities, wars are stopping in some parts of the world … Moreover, it helps us reconnect with our loved ones and refocus and essentials, this virus doesn’t care how rich you are …

Scientists even tell us that our post corona virus lives will be even better. Here’s a quote from an interesting French article (link here) :

“The impact of the epidemic will force us to slow down, to not take planes, to work from home, to only go out with our close ones and to learn to be auto-sufficient and conscious. All of a sudden, fashion shows seems weird and out of context, commercials for travel agencies entering ou web pages appear intrusive and ridiculous, the idea of futur project is vague and indecisive : but does this really matter? Everyday, we question systems that we know since we were born and have to think to its eventual disappearance.”

It’s not because we are confined that we have to let our body down. On the contrary, it’s an opportunity to show ourselves that we can do better and take care of ourselves.

I wanted to tell you about how I keep myself going during this time but it seems like I had to tell you other things before. 

What about you? Can you share about one thing this confinement brought you? Don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section below. 

If there is one thing that helps me keep growing indoor besides my loved ones, it is yoga. I learnt a lot from this simple activity and I really want to share how it is beneficial to me. And since you’ve been reading for quite some time now, let’s keep this subject for another article.

In the meantime, remember to listen to yourself, you own intuition only wants what is good for you and that will be the better way for you to be healthy and strong.

In everything, breathe.

Love, 

Ben

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