A ritual is like a routine. While a routine can feel a little inflexible, a ritual is a nurturing and peaceful space for you to take care of yourself. Turning your mind off is a challenge when you’re stressed or anxious. A nightly ritual helps you relax, fall asleep easily and be better prepared for the next day.
When you have had a busy day and are maybe anticipating another one tomorrow all you need is a good night’s sleep, but, as soon as your head hits the pillow you are wide awake and sleep seems elusive. Or falling asleep is easy but you wake up a few hours later and are unable to fall back to sleep. If this sounds familiar you are not alone.
Sleep deprivation seems to be on rise around the world and although some groups are more vulnerable, anyone can be affected. Studies have linked a lack of sleep to;
• Daytime sleepiness and becoming more accident prone.
• Decrease in mood, optimism and sociability.
• Hormonal changes; in particular insulin sensitivity and leptin (appetite suppression hormone) production; diabetes and weight gain.
• Lowered immune system and an increase in inflammation.