For the longest time, I’ve had difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. I would often wake feeling more tired than when I went to bed. So I did some investigation and experimentation in order to find a solution to my problem and I want to share with you what worked for me.
The feedback I received from others was also positive so it looks like this works for many people. So read ahead and then give it a try yourself.
How to get a good night’s sleep. (1) Get sunlight in the eyes around sunset when the sun is low in the sky; (2) minimize bright light inside your home at night; (3) take 300mg of magnesium 60-90 minutes before you go to bed; and (4) breathing meditation in bed before you sleep.
Now let us look at these four more closely.
Go outside at around sunset, look up and out into space if you can.
This sets your body clock to tell your nervous system that the day is coming to an end and to begin the process of melatonin. (also never take melatonin as a supplement).
If you can look towards the sun regardless or the sky being clear or not is best.
Minimize bright light regardless of color after sunset.
We’ve all heard that blue light is bad for sleep.
And according to neuroscientist Andrew Huberman, while this is true, that does not mean that other colors are not bad also – they are!
I have dimmer lights in lamps and use these to have soft dim light at night.
Take 300mg of magnesium 60-90 minutes before sleep.
Taking magnesium before sleep will help balance your autonomic nervous system.
you can also engage your parasympathetic nervous system (one-half of the autonomic nervous system) by closing your right nostril and breathing through your left nostril only. You may need to do this several times before going to bed.
Meditate/Breathwork without falling asleep
Once in bed, lay flat on your back with your hands to the side with your palms up. It’s important to do this without falling asleep while meditating.
Breathe into the count of 5. Then breathe out to the count of 10.
Keep the same pace on both in and out-breath, so our breath is twice as long.
Do this 5 times then breathe normally.
If you do not get a lot of deep sleep like me the above will help.
To understand your sleep habits see the bonus section.
1. Download and use the Sleep Cycle app
2. Get an Oura Ring and wear this nightly as you sleep.