The journey of self care is such a vast topic that our team at SILKED has decided to dedicate the last week of every a month for the rest of 2022 to dive deeper into it. It is a place where we can help collect useful resources and tips that add value to all of our daily lives. To kick off the series we wanted to start with sleep because we spend 8hrs a day in this area of our lives.
What we have found through our research is that sleep is an often overlooked, yet it's a critical component of mental, physical and spiritual health.The first step is to take a look at your sleep patterns to see if they can be improved. For example, things like stress can cause insomnia and loss of sleep can become a stressor.
Here are a 3 TIPS we believe can help with our overall Self Care journey:
Pay Attention to the Colors We Place Around us to Sleep
It is said that certain colors may evoke relaxation, while others stimulate your mind and make you more awake. Overall, muted colors are the best for your bedroom walls, and blue, green, and yellow may offer the most benefits.
Follow a Consistent Sleep Routine.
Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep and use eye masks to block out light if you are a sensitive sleeper. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day…even on weekends and vacations. Occasionally staying up a few extra hours for a party or to meet a deadline is acceptable as long as you maintain your normal waking hour the next day and use early afternoon naps and/or earlier bedtimes for the next few nights to make up the lost sleep.
Get Some Sunshine during the day.
Try 10 mins each day out in the sun without sunglasses this allows the body to fall into a relaxed state come bed time.
Many say sleep is probably the most under-appreciated recovery tools. Sleep is where our repetitive healing processes take place – from many aspects, not just muscle recovery, it’s brain cleansing and hormonal resets as well.
Here are a few resource we found particularly useful for exploring all aspects of sleep:
1. US National Library of Medicine:
3. The Sleep Foundation:
Here's to wishing you ALL a restful, restorative nights sleep!
Sandra and Phoenix
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