Setting the Stage for Sleep

Proper Sleep ~

Sleep is a very important part of restoring good health. I found this infor very interesting in my book, The Seven Pillars of Health, by Don Colbert, MD. Hope you enjoy it ~

Make your bedroom a haven for sleep and unwinding. Have some rules:
* no eating
* no computers
* no harsh clock lights
* no televisions
* no studying
* no sewing projects
* no stacks of laundry
* no piles of junk
None of these things should be in your bedroom. Your bedroom should say one thing SLEEP !!!

Your bed should be more comfortable than your couch. One of the best investments for your health is your bed mattress. It needs to be one you thoroughly enjoy and look forward to lying on.

The room should be as dark as you can reasonably make it. Don’t have nightlights, and don’t let streetlights shine through the windows. Line the drapes, or pull down a dark shade if you need to.

The room should be at a comfortable temperature, usually around 70-75 degrees. Some people like to open windows, especially if they live in the mountains or at the beach.
Figure out what works best for you and stick with it.

Sleep in comfortable loose fitting clothes. You will rest much better.

Saying night time prayers before bed sets the mind and spirit to rest. Always a good habit to clear your thoughts and mediate on God’s word before going to sleep.

“Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

Relaxing bedtime rituals to try

* Read a light, entertaining book or magazine
* Take a warm bath
* Listen to soft music
* Enjoy a light snack

* Do some easy stretches
* Wind down with a favorite hobby
* Listen to books on tape
* Make simple preparations for the next day

Eat a light snack before bedtime
A light snack before bed can help promote sleep. When you pair tryptophan–containing foods with carbohydrates, it helps calms the brain and allows you to sleep better. For even better sleep, try adding extra calcium to your dinner or nighttime snack. Experiment with your food habits to determine your optimum evening meals and snacks. For a relaxing bedtime snack, try:

* Half a turkey or peanut butter sandwich
* A small bowl of whole–grain, low–sugar cereal

* Granola with low–fat milk or yogurt
* A banana and a cup of hot chamomile tea

Relaxation techniques for better sleep
Relaxation is beneficial for everyone, but especially for those struggling with sleep. Practicing relaxation techniques before bed is a great way to wind down, calm the mind, and prepare for sleep. Some simple relaxation techniques include:

* Deep breathing. Close your eyes—and try taking deep, slow breaths—making each breath even deeper than the last.
* Progressive muscle relaxation. Starting at your toes, tense all the muscles as tightly as you can, then completely relax. Work your way up from your feet to the top of your head.
* Visualizing a peaceful, restful place. Close your eyes and imagine a place or activity that is calming and peaceful for you. Concentrate on how relaxed this place or activity makes you feel.

To your Restored Health ~

Healthy Bread Pudding

This is a new treat I found in a healthy cookbook. It is wonderful. Hope you enjoy it too….
God Bless your health !!

Teresa ~

Healthy Bread Pudding

4 slices of Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted bread (Cinnamon Raisen)
2 cups milk (I use unsweetened coconut)
4 eggs (organic free range)
1 cup of Agave Nectar or Honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons ground flax seed

Mix everything together and pour in a sprayed 9X13 baking dish. Bake at 250 for 35-40 minutes.

Enjoy !!

Restoring Health, Jeremiah 30:17
Teresa Haley March 2011