Diana Skye gives advice for peace of mind & heart. Also check out the debut of our first sounds.

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Ashton Deroy Writes: I created this video for relaxation & creative purposes. I recorded it in North York near my old home. Please feel free to click play. Whether you are autistic or just a high strung accountant. These noises could be just what you were looking for to get a vacation for the mind. Diana wrote the post below to help me recover after stress issues which lead to some stories we will cover at another time.

Diana Skye Writes: Getting enough sleep is an important part of both physical and mental health. Waking up tired means that you need to make adjustments. Simple lifestyle changes can be beneficial to having quality rest. These include making tweaks to your bedroom, having a self-care routine, and using relaxation techniques. Having a good night will set you up for having a great day.

Sleeping Space

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   I did not think sheets mattered that much before I replaced mine in January. My new sheets are made with the soft and luxurious Tencel fabric. They have made a big difference in my sleep. The drawback is that they are expensive. If you are on a budget, look at thread count. The higher it is, the softer and more comfortable the sheets. Winners have good quality bedding at a reasonable price. Pillows are often overlooked but equally important. It should not be too hard or soft. Fluff them regularly so they don’t go flat. You can even get pillows specifically designed for your preferred sleep position. If you have trouble sleeping in cold weather, get an electric blanket. My mom got me one from SunBeam for Christmas a few years ago. It is one of the favorite presents I ever received.

Make sure that you have as little light as possible. Even if you can fall asleep, the brightness will interfere with sleep quality. Shut the curtains or blinds, especially if you live in the city. Turn off all electronics for about an hour before you intend to sleep. If you must use a smartphone in bed, make sure it’s set tonight display after sunset. This gives your screen a warm tone, as opposed to the usual blue light that interferes with the rest.

          If you have a digital clock, make sure the display is not too bright. I find that yellow and blue displays give off a lot of annoying bright light. Red and green ones are a better choice. The sound of your clock is just as important Many of us don’t enjoy waking up to the traditional buzzing or ringing of an alarm clock. Find one that has a more pleasant alarm sound, such as birds singing or uplifting music. If you use a smartphone as your alarm clock, be conscious of your sound choice.

Self care routine

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Having a routine every night signals to your body that bedtime is approaching. Staying on your laptop or phone keeps your brain going instead of slowing down. Put away the screens in favor of activities like reading. Books are a great way to tire you out without overstimulation. However, you may want to stay away from horror or suspense. It could keep you up or give you nightmares. A great bedtime read is The Little Book of Lykke, which has advice for being happier.

 If you shower at night, I would recommend using products with a calming scent. Look for lavender, jasmine, or rose when shopping for soap or body wash.  Sea Vegetable from Lush is an excellent choice for soap since it has a soothing lime and lavender scent. It also exfoliates your skin. Another wonderful product from Lush is the Ocean Salt Scrub. It instantly makes me think of being at the beach. Even if you don’t shower, use some lotion especially on dry areas. The Body Shop’s Almond Milk Body Yogurt will give you a hydration boost.

A skincare routine will help you to look and feel your best. Wash your face with a cream or gel cleanser, not a stripping foam. I like Pixi’s Rose Cream Cleanser. Instead of splashing your face with water, use a damp microfiber washcloth. This is a standard European practice that is gaining popularity in North America. It is better for your skin and feels good since it boosts circulation. For moisturizer, my current favorite is Youth To the People’s Superfood Moisture Cream. It’s not the cheapest, but a little goes a long way.

Relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques

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Yoga is an excellent activity to do in the evening. It helps you to become calmer and focus on yourself. Slowing down your breathing will bring you closer to a restful sleep. Take your time exhaling and releasing tension. The best routines incorporate gentle stretches that are not too difficult. Leave the complicated poses for the morning. If you pull a muscle, you will be in too much pain to sleep.

             I discovered ASMR videos two years ago and it changed my life literally overnight. I don’t get “the tingles” on a regular basis, so I mostly use them for relaxation and entertainment. They have been very effective at inducing sleep.  My favourite ASMRtists for bedtime include Whispers Red, Urara1996, and Calming Escape.

        ASMR has grown a lot over recent years. It has gone from just whispering to a wide variety of videos. At night, I would advise staying away from sexual or horror ASMR unless that works for you. There are specific ASMR videos for helping you sleep if you search YouTube. I personally enjoy guided relaxation, anxiety relief, and sleep clinic roleplays. Simple trigger videos can be highly effective as well. I love whispering, fabric sounds, and tapping for this purpose. Some people enjoy nature sounds, like rainfall and trees in the wind.

Many people underestimate the importance of sleeping well. It has a big impact on your overall well being. Making small improvements can have a big impact. These include changing your space, incorporating a self-care routine into your evening, and using effective relaxation techniques. With a solid bedtime plan, you will be well on your way to waking up refreshed.