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Published on September 30th, 2021 | by Catherine Tingey

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My New Puppy Mom Sleep Ritual

My New Puppy Mom Sleep Ritual

Ever since I moved to NYC for graduate school, I’ve gone through periods of intermittent sleeplessness.

The ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling amazing is a wish for so many of us. I can especially relate to this since I brought home my 15 week old puppy, Satya.

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I thought it would be a good chance to share what I’m doing these days – both lifestyle adjustments and products – to encourage deep sleep.

Over the years, my sleep ritual has evolved.

These days I rely less on a specific product (like melatonin, valerian or CBD) and focus more on behavior and tone.

This means getting myself and my environment in the mood for sleep.

I am a big believer in aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature. This is very challenging in an urban environment where there is both light and noise pollution.

One of the unexpected benefits of having Satya is that my sleep/wake schedule is now completely in sync with the sun.

Rise around 6:30am, retire around 6:30pm.

Eating all my meals within this window has also been helpful for weight management.

So without further ado, here it is:

My New Puppy Mom Sleep Ritual

aka “DIM LIGHTS–ADD SCENT–CREATE COZY”

>DIM LIGHTS 

Most nights, I dim the lights and turn my home into a lavender scented wonderland around 7:30pm.

Dimming all lights – even if it means washing my face/brushing my teeth in the dark – really helps tell my nervous system it’s time to chill.

>ADD SCENT

Private-Yoga-Instructor-Santa-Monica-Los-Angeles-My-New-Puppy-Mom-Sleep-RitualI fold down the duvet and spritz this Lavender spray a few times in the air above.

>CREATE COZY

I heat up a buckwheat, rice or flax pillow wrap that has lavender in it (microwave 2-3 min) and place at the foot of the bed, under the duvet.

I prop up some pillows against the headboard and take this pose (video how to) or article how to.

Add an eye mask and ear plugs.

Say Goodnight to baby Satya.

Remove pillows from Legs Up the Wall pose and lay the standard way in bed.

And then take the buckwheat husk/rice pillow which is still warm, and lay it on my belly. This last part seems to seal the deal and I am asleep immediately…at least until my puppy decides it’s time for potty.

Namaste,

Catherine

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years.



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