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Day 3: Simple Rituals Before Bed To Make You Sleep A Lot Better

Day 3: Simple Rituals Before Bed To Make You Sleep A Lot Better

So, have you realized the importance of sleep and applied the actions we’ve suggested so far? Please do so, it really is for the best of you!

I’m here to accompany you through this challenging journey!

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Let’s look at what you SHOULD do this time for a better sleep.

The 30-minute-ritual before bed

There are multiple things you can do 30 minutes before bed. These things will assist you to a peaceful, sound sleep — something that we all require at the end of the day. First and foremost, before bed, one must not worry about whatever the stresses of the day. Or worry about your incomplete work, or things that will keep you awake. It is advisable to, as people say, sleep like a log.

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Exactly what to do?

1. Warm bath

This applies to everyone regardless of age. Only keep in mind that since it is night time, it is better not to wash the hair. It will take more than half an hour to dry properly. A warm bath has the ability to de-stress you, helping you feel fresh. This freshness is effective to pull sleep over you. Have you noticed how babies tend to fall asleep right after a shower?

2. Be comfortable before bed

After a warm bath, it is always advisable to wear fresh and comfortable clothes. Personally, I always feel comfortable in old clothes, that are nearly tearing apart. You know what I mean, right? Washed clothes that are loose fitting and soft are agreeable, making your skin breathe freely. Another way to be comfortable is to rub some lotion on your body. The sweet smell eases your brain. Also, brush your hair. Brushing makes your hair roots stronger, healthier, and tangle free.

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3. Massage some light oil

Light oil, or grease free oil has a special effect on relaxing the body. It is quite similar to the effect a warm bath has. Aromatic oil like almond, lavender, coconut, or even baby oil can be rubbed half an hour before bed. You can gently massage some  oil on you and your baby’s hair. For you, take a shower in the morning. As for your baby, they can leave it as long as you want to. Of course, there is another benefit: you will get soft, bouncy, and manageable hair in the morning!

4. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to relax your body and soul. If you know how to meditate, just do it for 30 minutes before bed. It will have a calming effect on you and will put you to deep sleep. If you have never meditated before, simply download some free tracks from online and follow the instructions. If you don’t have enough time for that, then allow yourself to do it on your own. Close your eyes, and follow your breathing. Breathe deeply, in and out. Focus all your attention to your breathing only. Divert your mind if you can’t concentrate. Practise this for few days, and you’ll be able to do it with ease later.

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5. Fix your room temperature

During summer, make sure your room temperature is cooler than the outer temperature. Do this 30 minutes before bed, so that once you enter the room, you will feel crisp. Meanwhile, during winter, make sure the heater is on half an hour prior to your sleep. The warm room will likewise warm your body, unwinding you and putting you to instant sleep.

6. Prepare your bed

A well made bed is very inviting. The freshly puffed pillows, the blanket, or the duvet in its perfect position, and a nice bed sheet is more than enough to make you feel sleepy. Preparing your bed prior to your sleep requires minimum effort and time.

7. Listen to music

Another thing you can do 30 minutes before bed is to listen to some soft music. With the lights dimmed, the room temperature controlled, you can turn on some soft instrumental, classical, or some soulful music, close your eyes, and concentrate. You will fall asleep in no time.

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Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

“For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

Primal Therapy

Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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How it Started

“During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

“I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

Delving deeper

Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

Some Methods To Practice Screaming

If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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  • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
  • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
  • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
  • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

Scream Sing

Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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  • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
  • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
  • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
  • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
  • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
  • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
  • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

Scream into a pillow

Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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