7 Simple Techniques to Relieve Stress and Promote Restorative Sleep

| 4/2/2018 9:09:00 AM

Nothing keeps your stress levels under control like a good night’s sleep. Poor quality sleep keeps you feeling drained as your body struggles to get back into the restorative parasympathetic mode from the stressed out sympathetic mode. But just one night of high quality sleep can help the body restore itself. Here are seven simple things you can do to get that quality restorative sleep.

1. Scan Your Body Before You Sleep

Scanning your body is akin to doing progressive muscle relaxation, only this is easier.

As you lay in bed, start to feel your body from within starting from the soles of your feet all the way to the top of your head. If you feel pain, discomfort or stiffness in any part of the body, spend a few minutes there and consciously relax this area.

For example, as you feel the soles of your feet, do you feel a sense of warmth? Is there a tingling sensation? Is there a mild pain in some areas? Consciously feel the soles this way and relax them.

It’s prudent to start with the soles because they’re connected to all the major nerve endings and hence relaxing this area can feel highly comforting to the entire body.

As you scan and relax your body this way, you prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. A relaxed body is more likely to experience deep sleep states than a body that is stressed out.