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  • Writer's pictureGuylaine Richer de Lafleche

Sleep Hygiene: How to Maintain a Healthy Flow of Energy in Your Dream Space



Do you ever feel like your bed needs a pick-me-up? Ever so often my dream space feels heavy, restless, and drained, as if the flow of energy has been blocked off. I refer to this as stagnant energy.


Over the years, I've found that taking a few extra steps in sleep hygiene has not only improved the quality of my sleep and dreams, but has helped to maintain a healthy flow of energy.


Here are a few actions I take to keep the energy moving in my dream space:



Whenever I'm feeling restless and can’t seem to get a good nights sleep, I change my linens. I think we can all agree there’s no better feeling than crawling into bed with freshly washed sheets! I change my bed sheets once every two weeks, or depending on the time of year, I may change them once a week. Often times this alone is enough to clear the stagnant energy from my bed.

Along with changing my linens, I throw my pillows in the dryer. They fluff up like they’re brand new! As an added touch I like to put an essential oil, such as eucalyptus, lavender or cedar, on a cotton ball and then place it in my pillowcase. While we’re on the topic, I used to sleep with two pillows piled high until I realized the damage it was causing to my neck and back. It was a slow process, but eventually, I got myself down to one perfect pillow that’s done wonders for my sleep. Personally, I love the

u-shaped memory foam pillows that are made specifically for back and side sleeping.



Another important part of my energy-clearing-bed-ritual is to keep a clear, open space under my bed, that’s free of clutter for airflow. This is more of a mental thing for me, but it’s also good feng shui and airflow is necessary for the long-term health of your mattress! In light of this, about once or twice a month I will give my bed an energetic lift by smudging under and around it with sage or palo santo. I highly recommend this, even if you’re not into that sort of thing! When things are feeling really stagnant, I’ll go the extra mile and rotate my mattress and vacuum/steam it. I’m no expert, but I feel it’s good practice to do this at least twice a year.


Last but not least, I’ve given high priority to making my bed each morning. This has been a small but vital step to become an early bird. To simply put it, after making my bed in the morning I feel more productive and am ready to start my day. I know this feeling isn’t unique to me, and although I haven’t looked into why this is, I feel I can vouch for it! Not only is it a nice way to start my day, but it’s a great way to end it as well. My bed feels a little fresher, and I enjoy taking a few moments to reflect on my day before I doze off to dreamland.

One other thing I can suggest that might be helpful and seems to work for others, is to keep your work out of your bed. I can’t personally relate to this because my bed has always been my favourite place to hang out. I feel more focused and creative, and seem to work better when I’m sitting in my bed. For these reasons, I don’t find the quality of my sleep and dreams is negatively affected, but I can understand how this could affect some.

 

These are only a few tactics that you can try to clear the stagnant energy from your dream space. Some may work for you, while others may not, and maybe you’ll discover your own ways of maintaining a happy and clear mental space for sleeping and dreaming in the process. Give it a try and see what works for you - I can’t wait to hear what you discover!

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