How to Take the Best Nap of Your Life on a Beautyrest

Everyone knows the struggle of the midday slump. You try to get back to work after lunch and suddenly it hits you. You’re sleepy, slow, and it feels like your brain is miles away. For a lot of people, their first response to the afternoon sleepies is to grab another cup of coffee or power through until bedtime. But I’m here to tell you that not only is napping totally acceptable for grownups, it can actually improve your health and overall alertness!

But how to achieve that ideal nap? That Goldilocks rest that’s not too long and not too short, leaving you feeling rested and not too groggy? Well, a Beautyrest mattress is a great place to start, but here are a few more tips on how to take the best nap of your life and tackle the rest of your day with ease!

Time It Right

Don’t just take your nap any old time of day. Too early and you won’t reap the benefits for long, too late and you won’t be able to get to bed at night! Plan your nap for about 3 p.m., when your tasty lunch really starts to hit and you’ve been awake almost as long as you were asleep the night before. Don’t sleep too long either – between 10 and 20 minutes is the sweet spot for naps. That might sound too short, but any longer and you’ll be groggy for hours afterwards.

Get Your Buzz On

It might sound counterintuitive, but try taking a few sips of coffee before dozing off. The caffeine should take about thirty minutes to really hit, and if you time your nap just right, you should wake up just as your body is receiving the caffeine boost. That leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day once your alarm goes off.

Cut Out Light and Sound

Light and noise can completely ruin your sleep, so try to take your nap in a place where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. This might not always be practical, especially for people who work during the day, but if you have an office or even a car where you can lock the doors, break out an eye mask and some ear plugs, and catch a few Z’s on your lunch break, you’ll wake up feeling better than ever.

Prep Your Bed

If you work at home or just can’t get enough of afternoon naps, even on your days off, then you get to enjoy the luxury of a nap in your own bed. Lucky you! This also means you’ll want to prep your bed just right.

First things first, a Beautyrest mattress will give you a solid foundation for a successful nap. Beautyrest’s pocketed coil, hybrid, and memory foam designs are created with the goal of maximizing your comfort and conforming perfectly to your body’s unique needs. So if your current mattress just doesn’t let you get comfy enough, bring home a new Beautyrest to up your nap game.

Once you’ve picked out the perfect Beautyrest for you, cover it in cozy blankets and pillows scented with a calming essential oil like lavender or chamomile. You sleep better when you’re warm, and aromatherapy can help put you in a relaxed state of mind, especially if you have trouble falling asleep. Don’t try to get work done or watch tv in bed before dozing off – keep your bed a calming space associated only with sleep, so you can get to snoozing sooner.

And there you have it! With these tips, you’re well on your way to the most relaxing nap of your life, and you’ll be ready to wake up refreshed and take on the rest of your day. If your bed needs an upgrade before you can achieve your ideal sleep, come down to our store! We have a huge stock of Beautyrest mattresses of every size, shape, and softness level, and our associates are ready and willing to help you down the path toward that perfect nap!

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

4 Sleep Tips for When You’re Stuck in Your Bed with the Flu

Ah…ah…choo! Flu season is in full swing, and there’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning with a scratch in the back of your throat and that groggy feeling that signals that the plague is only hours away.

Of course, that’s not to say that you are totally defenseless against the evil onslaught that is the flu. Your first line of defence against any illness is always going to bed, and if you are sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic mattress you are already one step ahead of your competition in terms of getting good sleep!

But there are other things you can do to try to get a leg up on the flu, and try to be back on the road to recovery as fast as you can. Here are some tips we pulled together to help you out!

Tank Up with Tea

Hot drinks can help your breathing, and tea can also help you relax, especially if you are stressing out over your flu and already worrying over the possible sleep it might cause you to miss.

Even better, try grabbing a nighttime or sore throat tea and really fight back against the flu with a one-two punch that will send it flying away as fast as possible!

Soup for the Soul

Tea isn’t your only warm and comforting friend while you are fighting off flu. You also should probably grab some chicken soup. Sure, the adage may go that’s it’s good for the soul, but it also can help against your flu, as well. If you can’t make it just like the grownups in your life did when you were sick, a can of it will work just fine.

And, don’t worry about it if you are stuck in bed and don’t want to get out to eat – your Tempur-Pedic mattress will provide you support and comfort all day long. It might not be able to make the flu go away, but it will at least provide a good home base for you to relax while your body fights off those nasty germs.

Get Steamy

Hot showers really are magical places – once you step into the water and pass behind the veil of the shower curtain, it pretty much is just like taking a step into Narnia. Not only are they warm and comforting, but they can help you with some of your flu symptoms, as well! You’ll feel better – and breathe better – after you step out of a nice warm shower.

If you want to take things to the next level, you can even try adding some essential oils to the shower: Eucalyptus and lavender oil are two good ones to use when you are fighting to keep the sickness at bay, and you’ll be breathing that much better when you go to sleep on your Tempur-Pedic mattress.

Drink Up

While water on the outside of your body – in the form of the aforementioned shower – is important, you also want to make sure that you are drinking enough fluids. Stay hydrated, even if you have a sore throat and don’t feel like drinking. You’ll be glad you did.

There are loads of other ways to help fight off the flu, as well: cold medicine, cough syrup, nasal sprays, and more. And of course, your Tempur-Pedic mattress will be there for you through it all! If you want to be proactive and not wait until you are sick to get that perfect mattress, there’s no better time to stop by and check out all of our mattresses! We’ll be glad to help you find one perfect for all of your needs, in sickness and in health.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

5 Top Activities That Help You Forget About the Cold

It’s the weekend, it’s cold and you are wishing for summer to come back! Navigating around the cold, wind, snow all week has taken its toll and nothing will pull us out of our homes! All we want to do is hug a cup of hot cocoa and stay in our pyjamas all weekend long.

For those of us who truly find cold weather and all of its outdoor activities intolerable, there is hope! Whether you are on your own or have a family to entertain, we have found five great indoor activities that will keep you indoors, warm and busy!

1. Read and Explore

During those summer garage sales, you picked up a pile of books you promised you would read. Start a book club where everyone can meet online or for those of you who enjoy writing, get a blog started to review them and see where it leads!

2. Bake and Cook

Baking and batch cooking are always favourite indoor activities. While the weather gets cooler, soups, and stews are easy to batch cook and freeze for weeknight meals. The scent of banana bread baking in the oven conjures up warm and fuzzy feelings during the cold winter days! Crank up the tunes and get moving in the kitchen! Alone or assigning tasks to family members this will make for some great entertaining and eating!

3. Game Night

Cold fall and winter nights are the perfect opportunity to gather everyone around and play some old-fashioned board games. Invite your neighbours and make it a pot luck evening filled with eating and winning!

4. Declutter

Clearing closets and clutter for a donation bin opens up extra space in your homes as well as helping out your community. You can start in the basement or storage room where you keep a lot of “just in case stuff” piled up and then work your way to the other rooms, closets and drawers. The general rule is that if you haven’t used or worn it in over a year, it’s time to go.

Keeping boxes assigned for various things will keep things in order when you’re ready to drop them off at goodwill. Not only are you clearing out some old stagnant energy in our homes, but you are also helping others in need!

5. Get Crafty

I am sure you are like me when I say, I wish I could draw, paint, crochet or knit! During those cold winter nights, you could be learning a new skill that can perhaps not only beautify your homes but turn into a business at local craft fairs. Unless you try something new, you will never know what you are capable of.

Many of us would easily turn to binge-watching movies and shows during those cold winter nights, and that’s not a bad thing, occasionally. But if you dedicate a few nights a week or the weekends to being productive, creative, and inspiring you would not only feel accomplished but also motivate those in your lives to do the same. It’s time to discover what lies inside of you and what better time than on a cold windy night!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

6 Signs You Need a New Mattress

We sometimes neglect the huge role our mattresses play in our lives. Studies show that we spend approximately one third of our lives, or 25 years sleeping so it is safe to say that we need to consider them more closely. It is that one place where, after a long day of chasing buses, deadlines or toddlers we go to relax, restore and recharge. It is, along with nutritious food and exercise, important for our overall health and well-being.

Although technology has come a very long way from the straw-filled mattress of centuries ago, we still need to consider many factors when a mattress has passed its life span of 7 to 10 years. No mattress is built to last forever, and our bodies will be the first to let us know!

Here are some signs that your mattress’s time is up:

1) Getting out of bed practically requires a crane

If the thought of lifting your bodies off the mattress makes you cringe, this is a sure sign your mattress should be replaced. Whether the mattress has become lumpy or just lost its ability to support, you need to replace it as soon as possible so not to further aggravate body aches.

2) Visible Signs of Sagging on the Mattress

If the imprint of your bodies on the surface of the mattress is quite obvious, this is another sign that it should be replaced. Sagging is a tell-tale sign that that mattress can no longer support your bodies and can result in a number of back problems.

3) Sneezing and Coughing Fit

If you are sneezing and coughing minutes after getting into bed, the mattress has then an accumulated number of allergens. Over time dust and household allergens will settle on your mattress and it is why a good mattress cover is essential, especially for those of us who suffer from allergies. Nonetheless, some allergens will multiply over time resisting some of the best protectors.

4) Not Feeling Rested in the Morning

When we wake up and we feel more tired than when you went to bed, that’s not a good thing. Although you may feel that you did get some sleep, barring any sleep disorder you could be suffering from the old mattress syndrome. Over time, a mattress will just not do what it did for you when you first purchased it. You should remind yourselves why you bought that particular model and if it is still meeting the expectations.

5) Squeaky Sounds

Considering the entire bedframe and whether some screws could be tightened, if your mattress makes unusual sounds, it’s time for a change. Mattresses that rest on box springs depend on each other to deliver the best support, so both need to be looked at. Mattresses with coils on platform beds require a review for sagging indicating a possible broken coil.

6) When the Couch Feels Better

Many of us will doze off on the couch while reading a book or watching a late-night movie. You find it comfortable and cozy and could stay there for hours? When you prefer the comfort of your couch over your bed, well, that is a sure sign you need to shop for a new one.

Just as you regularly maintain equipment and cars, a seasonal look at your mattress is essential to ensure that you are not causing any sleepless nights due to poor quality.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

5 Easy Tips to Get Back in Shape After Holiday Binging

5 Tips to Get Back in Shape After Holiday Binging

You stuffed yourself for a whole month with holiday favourites like candy canes, sweet desserts and carbs galore, but now it’s January and you regret it all. Your body shape has changed, your energy levels are low, and your mood is, well, nasty.

If there is anything that connects us all to the holiday season, it’s that oh so familiar act of gluttony. Fear not, January is a month for resolutions starting with your diet, exercise routine and other mood enhancers. Follow along as I list the most effective ways to shed those unwanted pounds, get into a healthy routine and detox your body.

Tip #1 – Remove Temptations From Your Kitchen Cabinets

Before any detoxing can begin, I must rid my kitchen cabinets of any unhealthy snacks and treats, I enjoyed as did my guests. As I typically like to entertain over the holidays, I am always left with an excess of junk food. I know I should make better choices, even during the holidays, but some habits are hard to change. I did, however, offer an avocado dip which was very healthy! Now to clear out the pantry, I typically grab a large garbage bag, and stuff it with left over bags of chips, holiday candies and other salty and unhealthy snacks.

Tip #2 – Get Alcoholic Beverages Out of Sight

My family enjoys a few alcoholic beverages over the holiday season, but that habit ends quickly as we get back into our January routine. That being said, I usually round up all the half-empty bottles and put them either in storage or throw them out altogether. The same goes for sugary beverages. I promptly start off my new year with lots of water. Eight – 8 oz glasses a day to be more precise or about 2 litres! I make sure that I have a handy water bottle that measures a litre and fill it up at least twice.

Eating Healthier

Tip #3 – Establish a Weekly Meal Plan

Now that my kitchen is clean, organized and junk food free, I establish a weekly meal plan. As my family needs to eat every 4-5 hours, I prepare small healthy meals and snacks in Tupperware or microwave and oven-safe containers. I find that when they eat smaller portions more often, they are more satisfied throughout the day and less hungry during the night. A healthy balance of veggies, carbs and proteins is always something I strive for.

Tip #4 – Get Moving

It’s usually about this time of the year when I dust off and grease up my treadmill. I am not someone who likes to exercise, but I still manage to squeeze in 30 minutes of activity 3-4 times a week. With a dab of motivation to get fit and a sprinkle of pride to look and feel good, you can start this year off with lots of energy that will yield awesome results.

Tip #5 – Detox Your Body

To finish off my get-back-into-shape plan, I will consider a good detox. I make sure to visit my Health Food store and speak to the naturopath on getting the best products to get my body systems back to optimum speed and efficiency. To this, I will add a few visits to the massage therapist who will clear out my lymphatic system, work those muscles back into shape, and squeeze those toxins out of my body!

This is not a big challenge and easy for anyone to do. You need to remember that all of the binging needs to now turn into detoxing and a return to healthier habits. Your sleep will, without a doubt, benefit from all of your dedication!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

It’s New Year’s Eve and We Forgot About Resolutions

It’s New Year’s Eve and We Forgot About Resolutions

It’s that time of year again when we take a moment or more to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what is left on our long-term to-do list. Here is a simple guide to help devise easy to achieve goals, practices and habits that can stick with us beyond the new year.

As we march steadily forward to the end of another year, we may feel the past 11 months are a blur, or that they raced past us in blink of an eye. But were they, really? December may have a long to do list, but we should also take some time to stop and reflect about what we’ve accomplished, what we left incomplete, and what we hope to achieve in a new and sparkly year. Making resolutions, however, may set us for disappointment, especially if we are not able to meet the lofty goals we set while sipping on a glass of wine… or three!

We have a choice. We may very well-set high goals for ourselves on December 31st or decide this is will be the year that we will go with the flow. Both can hold the potential to yield awesome results. It will depend on the strength of the intentions that we will set. This is where most of us stumble: staying on the course we set for ourselves. Learning to release expectations may, in the end, be the best advice.

Letting go of control of the outcomes, and meeting the mini goals towards the big ones, are the best way to approach a new journey. What we should all consider, however, is that we must enjoy and focus on the journey and on the mini goals, while the larger goals will take care of themselves. Let’s not spend too much worry on the destination. We’ve all heard it said numerous times in various ways, life is purely about the journey.

Cooking classes

Besides the usual theme of diet, exercise and restful sleep, it’s important to do more of what feeds our soul. Maybe it’s time to take our cooking to the next level and join a cooking class, and maybe check out the yoga studio in our neighbourhood for early morning classes. We can be taking time on the weekends to visit outdoor markets, thrift shops and used bookstores instead of tackling a long list of chores. We should definitely do more of the former than the latter.

It’s time to take more down time with a good book or polish and recycle those treasures we found. Sometimes just 20 minutes with a great character in a good book, or getting our hands dirty for a good cause, is all we need for some perspective. Journaling our goals and dreams regularly will remind us of what makes us smile, and our hearts skip a beat, and that we should take steps towards these goals every chance we get!

I hope that the journey into a new year will bring us closer to the desires we all dream of, the revelations needed to grow, and the wisdom to know that we are always in control.

May a new year bring us all the peace, love and joy we can handle, and then some! May it be abundantly delicious, sweet, not sour, savoury not salty, spicy not scorched. During those long cold dark nights, may we enjoy warmth, comfort and a full heart knowing that we did our best.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Whether you have a naughty or nice list, our guide to easy holiday shopping will take the pain out of gift giving. Are you ready to go outside the box?

Holiday shopping is never easy, except when careful planning, and using a variety of options are involved! Whether your giving lists are long or short, you should never spend beyond our means. So many of us are faced with large credit card debt after the holidays and suddenly the joy of the season quickly turns to misery. The best way to get started is to write out the list of who to shop for and the total shopping budget. Using cash and recording the costs as you move along the list will help keep you stay on track. Here are some great ideas on how to keep your bank accounts in the black while sharing the joy of giving!

Baked Gifts

When you are a kitchen alchemist who can easily navigate eggs, butter and flour into a bowl, then you can let your skills shine with batches of baked goods! Why not? Filling cute holiday inspired boxes and containers will get everyone’s mouth-watering! From kids to seniors, brownies to trail mix, pound cake to Bundt cake, nobody will feel left out!

Buy Local

Local shops can really use some attention during the holiday season! Even if they compete with big warehouse stores and online businesses, especially during the holidays, they can still offer you some great deals. By doing it differently and shopping local you may get one of a kind items or services that will thrill that special someone on your list while supporting local businesses.

Craft Fairs

Craft Fairs

There is nothing more fun than attending craft fairs during the holiday season. Handmade and unique items are abundant from slippers to candles to wooden toys, there is something for everyone on your list. They are usually held on weekends and include entertainment for the young and young-at-heart with plenty to eat while you shop until you drop!

Entrepreneurs

Whether they make candles, essential oil blends, offer massage therapy, cooking or babysitting services, entrepreneurs are easily found online and in your neighbourhoods. They are your friends, family, neighbours, teachers and they need your support to either help supplement their income for a growing family or a little extra during retirement.

Donate to a Charity

So many charities are available that support foundations and organizations assisting refugee families, endangered or abused animals, international emergencies, local food banks and victims of abuse. Some offer certificates or toys in exchange for a donation which can be made in the name of the person on your list. While you support an organization that holds some meaning for you, you are also inspiring your recipients to give some thought to social issues.

Gift Cards

Gift cards

For the more difficult-to-shop for person, gift cards from their favourite store can be a last-minute life-saver! Whether it be for books, clothes, gadgets or services, gift cards will make the shopping experience very easy. When purchased online, they can be sent directly to the recipient attached to a lovely card or gift box.

The holidays should be a fun time to spend with those you love and share the bounty of a year well-lived. By carrying that spirit over to a new year without the stress of an over-extended budget gets things started on the right foot!

Angela, Your Sleep Expert

How to Sleep Well During a Storm

How to Sleep Well During a Storm

Storms can be scary. Between the lightning, the pounding rain, and the darkness that goes along with them, storms can easily put a thunderous interruption into your daily routine. Said noisy interruption can have double the impact when you are trying to sleep during the crashes and flashes of a storm. So, in an effort to help our customers weather any storm, we’ve put together some tips to help you get back into your sleep routine, no matter what is raging outside.

Block, Block, Block It Out

While we don’t have a magical storm signal blocking machine that can turn storms on and off at will, we do have some other – and more realistic – suggestions for helping you get to sleep during a storm. Though, hopefully somewhere somebody is working on that storm blocking machine.

Storms are loud, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t fight fire with fire. Or in this case, sound with sound. Earplugs can help quiet the world around you, or you could even use white noise to help cover up the sounds of the storm.

Crawl into bed, get nice and comfortable in your amazing Sealy Posturepedic mattress, and use earplugs or white noise to create a shield that protects you from the storm. If all goes well, you’ll be off to sleep before you know it!

Black, Black, Black It Out

If the lights and sights of the storm are what gets to you, blackout curtains could be a good way to go. They’ll help you block that raging visual display of electricity outside your window and provide you with a dark place to close your eyes and get some rest.

Of course, curtains aren’t going to solve all of your sleeping problems: You still need a good foundation underneath you. That’s where Sealy Posturepedic comes in — with a Sealy Posturepedic mattress at your back, you’ll be able to get the best sleep possible, no matter what is going on in the world outside.

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Think, Think, Think It Out

There’s also another force you can use to combat the storm raging outside: your own mental ingenuity. There are a couple of different things that could help at this step, and most of them you’ll be able to do right from the comfort of your own bed.

The idea is distraction, so yoga or meditation before bed could be useful in getting yourself into a sleep-ready mood. You could also try reading or journaling as other activities.

Sleeping during a severe storm can be tricky, but there’s no reason to let the storm get the best of you and ruin what could otherwise be a night of perfectly good and undisturbed sleep. Your mattress is the foundation of all of your sleep habits, so you want to make sure that a Sealy Posturepedic mattress is there to support you when you need it most.

But, if you aren’t happy with your mattress – even on nights when it isn’t storming outside – then it is probably time to give us a call! We’ll help you find the best and most comfortable Sealy Posturepedic mattress that meets all of your sleeping needs.

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Eat These 6 Healthy Snacks Before Hopping Into Your Bed

Eat These 6 Healthy Snacks Before Hopping Into Your Bed

Are your midnight snacks sabotaging your sleep? Turns out, it’s more likely than you think! That’s right, the habit of digging into leftovers or chowing down on cookies before bed might be satisfying, but eating the wrong foods before bedtime can wreak major havoc on your rest! Late night snacks aren’t a bad thing as a general rule, but most of our typical snack foods (full of salt, sugar, and carbs) can dry us out or keep us awake long past` our bedtimes.

But there are ways to curb this problem without going to sleep on an empty tummy. Some snacks are not only fine to eat before bed, they might actually help you sleep too! So, if you’re a chronic snacker, don’t reach for those potato chips just yet. Instead, try these six healthy snacks that can help you get to sleep faster and sleep more deeply. Pair these snacks with a snooze on a Beautyrest mattress and you’ve got all the fixings for a great night of sleep!

1) A Handful of Nuts

Nuts, especially almonds and pistachios, are great for filling you up and helping you hit the hay. Nuts are packed full of protein and other important vitamins and minerals that soothe your body and help you achieve a deeper sleep. Don’t go for more than a handful though! Consuming too many calories before bedtime can keep you awake while your body struggles to break down all that food.

2) Nut Butter and Fruit

Nut butters have a similar effect as their in-shell counterparts. A small piece of fruit, like an apple or banana, smothered in peanut or almond butter is a great way to feel full while staying healthy. The potassium and magnesium in the fruit paired with the protein and delicious taste of the nut butter is the perfect recipe for a great night of sleep!

3) Greek Yogurt

In addition to being delicious, Greek yogurt has tons of protein and fibre that can help you achieve a more restful night of sleep. Top it with some cherries (which help naturally increase melatonin levels) or chia seeds (packed with iron and fibre) for an extra sleepy time punch!

Whole grain toast

4) Whole Grain Toast

It turns out, some carbs can actually help you get to bed more easily! Avoid white bread, which tends to be tough for your body to process and contains little nutritional value, and opt for a slice of whole grain toast, full of healthy fats which can help you sleep. Top your toast with previously mentioned nut butter, cheese, or even some slices of avocado (we’re looking at you, millennials), all of which have sleep-inducing qualities.

5) Herbal Tea With Honey

Not only are herbal teas like chamomile and lavender relaxing and cozy, you can even sweeten them up when you have a cup before bed, totally guilt-free! Honey helps promote the hormones your body needs to slip quickly into dreamland, and herbal teas are great for eliminating stress and relaxing those nerves that keep you wide awake and jittery through the night.

6) Leafy Greens

Salad might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bedtime snack foods, but greens like kale, lettuce, and spinach are great for your bedtime health! Try chopping up some veggies (carrots and chickpeas are just a few other great sleep-inducing options) and reap the rewards of a refreshing pre-bedtime salad!

Still struggling to get to bed even with all these sleep-promoting snacks? You might have a bigger problem on your hands than satisfying the late-night munchies. A bad mattress can keep you tossing and turning no matter how good your nighttime routine is! With a Beautyrest mattress, carefully crafted to perfectly fit your body and adapt to your unique sleep needs, you’ll be on cloud nine every night. So, if you can’t seem to get a good night’s rest no matter what you try, set the snacks aside and go shopping for a Beautyrest. Give us a call or check out our store to learn more about all the great Beautyrest mattresses we have in stock!

Gerry, Your Sleep Expert

Which Ancient Techniques are You Ready to Try?

Which Ancient Techniques are You Ready to Try

Holistic healing has become a huge business. People are slowly starting to realize that much of their health, or lack thereof, can be completely in their control. Using chemicals to change the body chemistry to regulate symptoms is not getting to the root cause of the problem. Conventional medicine, for the most part, addresses the symptoms only. Enter, alternative medicine and holistic healers.

Just like practicing good sleep hygiene, getting quality sleep, exercising, and feeding the body proper nutrition, there is so much more you can do. Personally, when I resort to more holistic approaches to improve my health, my mind and body respond quicker than with conventional methods without the side effects.

Holistic practitioners all agree that unresolved emotional imbalances carried through the years ultimately yield physical symptoms. Based on Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) for example, constant emotions like fear and anger unbalance the body chemistry. Fear appears to attack the lower back and extremities while anger is understood to affect the liver.

Ruling out any environmental contaminants that can be connected to the symptoms, most of our problems may come from repeated unhealthy behaviours and thoughts. Yoga, acupuncture, meditation, massage therapy, reiki and tapping all carry amazing benefits that have the power to transform your health.

Yoga

Yoga

Did you know that yoga is several years old?  Some texts reveal that this practice is as much as 10,000 years old!  Now that can qualify as ancient!  Yoga consists of several practices in one. They include, of course, the physical aspect involving gentle to more advanced stretches and positions. Additionally, it includes calming the mind with breathing techniques while raising conscious awareness.

When we tap into the calm, all body systems will work more efficiently and effectively to fight off symptoms. From a philosophical perspective, practising yoga regularly can have a huge impact on our level of success in all aspects of life as it trains the mind to move with the flow of things. Walking the path of least resistance allows you to be more accepting and create more opportunities while encouraging synchronicities, you may have missed otherwise.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is considered several thousands of years old based on ancient Chinese texts. It uses the body roadmap of meridians which are like interconnected highways sending energy, or Qi throughout the body. When one of the “highways” has a traffic jam, it reduces the flow of Qi resulting in symptoms.

Other than using needles, I have successfully used laser acupuncture which is great for the squeamish. Although the practitioner uses the same roadmap as traditional acupuncture, the laser light beam is understood to penetrate more deeply into the cells to reorganize them and begin a healing process.

Meditation

Meditation

Meditation comes in many forms. Deep breathing over a 5-minute period, for example, can release toxins trapped in our organs and send a rush of oxygen-rich blood into all our systems. We are, for the most part very shallow breathers, but when we breathe deeply, our belly and lower back expand helping us to get grounded.

Sound meditation can include the tapping of brass or crystal bowls, gentle drumming or a singing voice. When our body’s energy frequency begins to match that of the sound healing tools, then we become more balanced. A simple walking meditation can help restore mental clarity and focus. Adding any one or all of these holistic practices to your wellness routine can greatly enhance your conventional treatments potentially reducing them over time.

Angela, Your Sleep Expert