Are you one of the 79% of people that struggle to switch off at bedtime? Or maybe one of the 60% of people who wake up in the night consumed by worries? Or are you one of the 20% of people occasionally calling in sick because of a bad night’s sleep? These statistics reveal the widespread struggle with sleep in today’s fast-paced world.
Why Do You Need Good Sleep?
According to the study conducted by eve Sleep ®, poor sleep can affect our day-to-day life as well as our physical and mental well-being while also affecting how we regulate our emotions. Poor sleep will sap our energy, lower our mood and reduce concentration. In turn affecting our relationships’ immune system and our life as a whole.
This leads to getting caught up in a vicious cycle that will have you making poor choices in the day to only exacerbate the situation. Leading to a breakdown of our bodies, our minds and our emotions and our all-round ability to deal with and manage all areas of our lives. There is evidence to show that treating sleep problems can help reduce anxiety, depression and stress while increasing your energy, mood and overall well-being.
For years I struggled to get a decent night’s sleep. I discovered, purely by accident, an effective way to not only help myself drift off to sleep but to also wake up feeling rested. I now call this process: ‘Marinate your Mind’.
As a kid I remembered my Dad teaching me to visualise in my imagination, dancing my routines over and over as a I drifted off to sleep. Miraculously I was always commended on how quickly I picked up and performed my dancing routines. Our subconscious minds, never sleep, and are susceptible to the seeds we plant within them. So, the hours that we spend asleep are a truly powerful time. To reset the old, unhelpful and unlovely ingrained patterns to new, helpful and lovely ones.
As a result of feeling utterly exhausted and living through a painfully bleak time, I recognised I was spending my last few minutes of my day after getting into bed, reminding myself of everything that went wrong in my day and how bad I felt. I remembered from my younger years the power of suggestion. Using my imagination before I slept to enhance my dancing, I decided to reintroduce this technique.
In the last five minutes of my day, I visualised seeing myself happy and enjoying life, and focused on all the things I was grateful for. I was marinating my mind with beautiful things while I slept. The result was a peaceful, unbroken night’s sleep and waking up feeling rested which was such a relief.
I have since created a guided sleep meditation series aimed at helping others to ‘Marinate their minds’ while they sleep. To help increase the percentage of people strengthening their relationships, immune systems and all-round well-being.
Relaxing your body and preparing your mind in a few moments before you sleep plays in the central part in you creating a sanctuary for a peaceful night’s sleep. Enabling you to feel refreshed and renewed as morning light appears.
Sleep Meditation Series
In this sleep meditation series, there are three guided meditations:
1) 15 minutes to clear your day and release tension from your body.
2) 15 minutes to relax your body, mind and heart with the powers of breathing and gratitude.
3) 90 minutes to help you rest, relax, release as you reprogram your subconscious mind and body to new way of being.
The sleep series mediations can be found here.
For more information on Vanessa’s meditations and to download please visit: www.vanessaloves.life/meditations,
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Vanessa Louise Moore
Vanessa Louise Moore, the ‘girl next door’ who has been played to millions across the UK via BBC, spoken at hundreds of events around the UK, helped people with her book on self love and runs countless masterclasses with her pioneering work.
Vanessa is an emotional health specialist and been dubbed ‘The naked coach’. Her “naked philosophy” is all about helping people heal the hurt within in order to live happier, more fulfilled, loving lives because she believes that ‘feeling is the secret to healing’.
After spending over 25 years in the cosmetic industry, it became very apparent to Vanessa that no matter how fabulous we look on the outside it cannot heal the pain on the inside. She is a mum of two who has successfully rebuilt her own life after a series of life events left her feeling suicidal and at rock bottom.
Having realised that general counselling, therapy etc was only scraping the surface, she knew the work she had to do needed to be deeper and now dedicates her life helping others to do the same. Find out more at: www.vanessaloves.life