5 tips for a restful sleep

Do you feel you could fall asleep more easily, sleep better through the night and feel fitter in the morning? Then just try some of the ideas to see what works well for you.



Tip 1: Eat an early and light dinner! Why?

In APM we know the Chinese organ clock. It shows at which times of the day and night the energy flows through which meridians. It clearly shows that the intestines and the stomach have their active time in the morning, i.e. these organs should not be overly stressed in the evening. If we eat a lot and late in the evening, it costs the body a lot of energy to digest the food. As a result, the body is so busy digesting that there is no time for relaxation. But if we eat a light meal at 6 p.m. or 6.30 p.m., the body can relax.



Tip 2: Read or meditate before going to sleep!

Reading or meditating helps to slow down your brainwaves and to bring them into delta. During the day, our brainwaves are mostly in beta. When we transition from wakefulness to sleep, the brainwaves change from beta to alpha to theta and then delta (deep sleep). Meditation is a nice way to get our brainwaves into alpha and theta. Screen time, on the other hand, whether it's a laptop, tablet or smartphone, ensures that our brainwaves can't slow down. This is the worst possible thing we can do before going bed. So, grab a good book (horror or thriller would also be rather counterproductive) or do a (guided) meditation. It's best to find out for yourself which meditations you like. I personally like to meditate with Joe Dispenza, but I can also recommend others such as Louise Hay, Marc Pletzer or Laura Seiler. Just try it out and you will quickly notice what works for you. You can find a lot on Youtube or Spotify. The most important thing: enjoy it and don't make it an item on your to-do list!


Tip 3: Turn off your smartphone and ban it from your bedroom!

Believe me, you don't need your smartphone during the night! For the alarm clock? You can buy an alarm clock with a battery or a low-radiation alarm clock without a radio function. It's best not to put it right next to your head, but a few metres away. The good thing about it is that you get up in the morning to turn it off and then stay up straight away. And you can get up without the annoying, unhealthy snoozing :) The mobile phone and of course the laptop/tablet etc. are switched off (not only in flight mode) and placed in another room. Another way to reduce electrosmog at night is to switch off the WLAN. This also allows yu to save electricity!


Tip 4: Stop thinking!

If you can't sleep because there are always thoughts running through your head, focus on the now. Become aware that your mind is wandering and focus on how cosy your blanket feels, for example. Or focus on your feet. You can also go through your body from bottom to top and thank each body part and organ, feeling grateful. Feel into your heart and give thanks: "Dear heart, thank you thank you thank you for the work you have done again today. Thank you for being such a reliable companion. I love you." Or whatever feels good to you. Feel deeply connected to your heart. This way, you will also fall asleep with positive emotions.


Tip 5: Yin-lines

If you ever go to an APM treatment, you can ask your therapist to show you this technique. Yin lines are very soothing strokes with the flat of the hand over the area of the Yin meridians, i.e. on the front of the body starting at the feet, over the insides of the legs, over the upper body and on the insides of the arms to the palms. The strokes are very gentle and slow. It is not uncommon for someone to fall asleep during the treatment.