A leading voice on modern spirituality, Emma Mildon has traveled the world studying everything from auras to aromatherapy. This week, we're sharing her expertise in a series on how to decode your dreams and apply their insights once you wake up. To learn more, check out her new mindbodygreen class, The Essential Guide to Dream Interpretation.
The mind, body, and soul are intricately connected, and we can't suffer the pain of one while enjoying the health of the others. Here are some tips and tricks to help your body support a healthy, quiet mind, and in turn pave the way for a soul that's prepped to receive all the many benefits of sleep and dreaming.
1. Eat earlier and lighter.
Giving your body less to digest can help it relax and rest more easily. Trying not to eat after 7 or so in the evening can help, as your body and digestive system will be more rested by the time you go to sleep. I try my best not to consume caffeine, soda, or other drinks high in sugar in the evening, either. Herbal teas such as chamomile are great to relax the senses and are an excellent coffee substitute for nighttime, too.
2. Make your room dark and quiet.
Peace out, world! Ensuring your room is as dark and as quiet as possible clears the space of distractions. It is natural for us to sleep in darkness and wake to light. If you have quite a light room and have issues sleeping because of it, buy some blackout curtains or a soft, comfy sleep mask. If you live by a busy street or other source of noise, consider picking up some fancy earplugs. If total silence freaks you out (I have a friend who can’t stand the sound of her own heartbeat in her ears when she wears earplugs), invest in a white noise machine to provide a soothing background hum to lull you off to dreamland.
3. Invest in dream crystals.
Healing crystals can be programmed to assist with any element of your life, including your dreams. Amethyst, clear quartz, azurite, and jade can all be used to facilitate healthy sleep and productive dreaming.
4. Focus on rest.
Make sure your bedroom's key focus is rest by removing any and all distractions...yep, the computer and TV need to go, dude; it's just a feng shui fact. Trust me—once you're not distracted by late-night reruns of Real Housewives, the quality of your dreams will skyrocket.
5. Remove negative energy.
Mirrors are a key factor in sleepless nights and restless dreams and are believed to even open the door to infidelity if you share your room with your partner. If you have a fixed mirror, drape fabric over it before you go to bed. Otherwise, if you can, move it to another room—I moved mine to our bathroom door.
6. Make it a plant-free zone.
Plants can have too much yang energy, which can also imbalance your sleeping space. Take them out of the bedroom, or if there is no place else to keep them, keep them out of your line of sight while you are in bed.