A Long Winter’s Night

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 Gracie demonstrating how to sleep!

I don’t know about you, but I love to sleep!. Put me in jammies & give me a down comforter & I’m easily on my way to Dreamland.  I dream in full length Technicolor movies most nights & if I could figure out how to eat popcorn while asleep, I’d be in heaven.

It seems to me that winter’s a perfect time to grab a few extra ZZZ’s. The longer nights are more conducive to sleeping & its colder outside which just begs snuggling up for a nap at least. Fortunately, science tells us that sleep is a basic building block for sustaining life & is one of the most important processes for the human body. During sleep we heal, grow, renew, & replenish ourselves. Some people can sleep in almost any circumstance—riding in a car, with music blasting in the next room, with the dog barking.  Unfortunately for others, sleep is sometimes elusive.

The next time you’re struggling with sleep, here are a couple of tips to help you snooze.

Move – You know it & I know it…exercise is good for you. Regular exercise improves heart health & blood pressure, builds bone & muscle, helps combat stress & muscle tension, improves mood, & improves sleep. Need some great exercise ideas???

  • Ice skating
  • Making angels in the snow – just plop down & wiggle around a bit! You remember!

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  • Build a snowman -go out at night & make one in your neighbor’s yard for a surprise!
  • Shoveling – remember that activity that involves throwing snow around while breathing heavily? If you don’t have any of your own snow to shovel, go help a neighbor or friend.

Cold Sleep – My grandmother slept every night with a window at least cracked open. Here’s the science behind the suggestion:

Your body naturally cools down & produces melatonin as it prepares for rest. This process requires the body temperature to drop. If you sleep in heavy pajamas & blankets, the body has a difficult time lowering your temperature which will wake you up. You can try sleeping naked but if you’re like me & love jammies & down comforters, you’ll have to make due with keeping your room temperature down, way down! This has the added benefit of lowering your heating bills!

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Calm down -its never too dark to go you & look at the lake or the night skies. Bundle up, step outside, breathe deeply & just relax. Send all of your cares & worries into the night air. I’m sure you’ll be able to find them again tomorrow if you really need to. You never know what you might see.

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If you can’t go out, try some gentle yoga or stretches…you don’t even need a mantra.

Drink  a Calming Tea After A Warm Bath – After you’ve been out with the night sky come in to a warm bath. Here’s some bath/sleep science… Magnesium is a mineral responsible for calming muscles. Add some magnesium to a warm bath with some essential oil, you’ll relax & drift off to sleep. You can also have a cup of herbal tea if you like…maybe Chamomile.

However you get there, I hope you’re trip to dreamland tonight I restful & restorative.

Sweet Dreams…

Me…I’m off to try that magnesium bath stuff!!!

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About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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2 Responses to A Long Winter’s Night

  1. Maureen says:

    Beautiful picture of Gracie ❤️

  2. Great post! Marvellous. 🙂

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