10 Bedtime Things to Do to Wake Up Feeling Happy

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4. Create Your Sankalpa and Recite It

A sankalpa is a Sanskrit word, which would be similar to an oath or a resolution. It’s suggested that your sankalpa be short and phrased in a positive manner. Some good examples of a sankalpa might be “My life is exactly how I desire it to be” or perhaps, “I am free from all worry and addiction.” You might even try “I am strong and healthy in mind and body.”

When we make these types of resolutions and say them out loud, we are training our brains to become more flexible and focused on making the changes that are necessary to bring about these types of results in our lives. Recite your sankalpa three times before you head off to bed, or say them just as you lie down.

 

5.  Things to Avoid

In order to get a good night’s sleep there are some things you really should avoid the night before. One way to ruin your sleep is to upset your tummy before bedtime. This means you will need to avoid red wine, chocolate, and coffee at least 4 hours before bedtime. Research shows that these three items upset the stomach and disturb sleep more than anything else.

 

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6.  Don’t Go to Bed Angry

It’s an old piece of advice that you might have heard from your grandmother, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Don’t go to bed angry at your partner. If you want to guarantee a terrible night’s sleep, never, ever go to bed angry or upset with your partner. Even if you can’t settle your differences at that time, at least agree to discuss things later, then give then a good night’s kiss and tell them you love them.

 

7.  Make an Intention to Remember Your Dreams

Our minds are powerful and trainable tools. If you have ever meditated, then you know how you can gain better control over your mind and keep your thoughts more focused, allowing you to live in better harmony with the world. Although some people are able to remember almost all of their dreams easily, most people need to train themselves to do this. One of the best ways is to begin thinking about it as you are lying in bed. Tell yourself as you are closing your eyes something along the lines of, “I am going to sleep and dream now. I will be more aware of these dreams and I will remember them clearly when I awake.” It might not happen overnight, but with a little practice you will start remembering your dreams. Then you can work with those dreams in any manner you choose.

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