Following the World Sleep Day on 16th March, we are happy to announce that we will now be working with Beatrix Schmidt.
To be a brand ambassador means to share and embody the values of a company. Which is why sleep coach, speaker, the author of The Sleep Deep Method and founder of The Sleep Deep Practice is a perfect partner.
Having struggled with insomnia and burning herself out in her mid-twenties, she spent the last 10 years researching sleep and learning that in order for us to sleep well at night, we need to look much deeper than just how tired we are. She often talks about the absolute need to stop and reset in our busy lives which such a big part of what we at Scentered believe in too.
Her wonderful book explains that sleep is tied to most aspects of your life from;
" Your energy and vitality
" Your health, immunity and happiness
" Your career, productivity and passion for what you do
" Your relationships with others
" Your environment, comfort and sense of stability
" And your chances of obtaining those big goals you have (I know you have some)
The core of her work in to help professionals to overcome insomnia and other sleep problems by stopping and understanding the root cause of our sleep problems, resetting the routines and habits that cause us to struggle and build new and practical ways to live a sustainable life that also help us to achieve those big goals as well as resting well at night.
So to get your ready for having your best sleep, we have asked her for her 5 top tips on how to get the best sleep.
The ultimate secrets to a great night sleep are:
1.) there is no one-size-fits-all secret.
When you start with figuring out what causes you to stay awake at night, wake up in the middle of the night or wake up tired in the morning; you will get to the root cause of your sleep problems. This will empower you to find out what specifically works for you by testing out different ways during the day. Think of the bigger picture, not just the reasons you are tired. Think about perhaps the reasons your mind is racing when you get into bed, or what actually wakes you up in the middle of the night and so on.
2.) Build a solid plan and follow through
Once you understand the cause, build a plan to move forward step by step.
But be aware that change takes time, if you struggled with your sleep for weeks or months or perhaps even years, it will take time to turn this around. So be patient with yourself and commit to finding out what really works for you. Be aware of the ‘try’ mindset - If something doesn’t work straight away, it doesn’t mean that it will never work. Maybe your body and mind just need to get used to this new habit that you are building.
3.) Bedtime routines work but do your bedtime routines work for you?
Of course, the bedtime routine that will work for you will be tailor-made for you and your personality. This is often the most surprising for my clients. We are all different human beings and filling our time before bed will work for us if we are truly honest about its role: letting go of the day and closing it completely as well as preparing for bed, the rest and sleep at night. I love candles so I incorporate the Sleep Well candle from the Scentered range as well as a breathing exercise that calms my mind at the end of the day. Allow yourself at least 30 - 45 minutes incorporating positive exercises into your bedtime routine.
4.) Your sleep Sanctuary matters.
Your bedroom should be a place to rest. Not to work, not to brainstorm ideas, not to self-punish yourself for perhaps not achieving as much as you wanted during the day... and the list goes on. Your bedroom needs to represent a place of relaxation because your mind is very clever that way and will keep on working through things even while you lay in bed if there is no separation between your physical spaces. Declutter your bedroom, take out anything that puts your mind in work mode (and I don’t just mean work work, but life projects and so on)
5.) Figure out how much sleep you need.
Most people are always guided by their alarm clocks in the morning and push through their boundaries every day just to squeeze more into their day, ‘just a little more’ they say. This then robs them of enough quality time sleeping at night. I hear this every day and unfortunately, our current busy lives will become such an easy excuse to drive ourselves to burnout. I understand it, I have been there too. Start with taking a note of the time you go to bed and the time you wake up Monday to Sunday. Once you have your number divide it by 7 (7 days in a week) and allocate enough time each day by adding an extra 30 minutes in bed. Cutting out something from your all so precious to-do-list can be hard but over time you will thank me for it because you will become more productive by sleeping well at night. Remember the last time when you woke up totally refreshed, remember how much more you get done simply because you allowed yourself to get the precious hours of quality sleep - you wake up feeling invincible and ready to take on the world, right?
Instagram: @beatrixaschmidt and @thesleepdeepmethod