3 Sleep Rituals That Will Help You Sleep Like a Baby Tonight

June 23, 2022

If you’ve been having difficulty falling—or staying—asleep, a calming bedtime ritual may be just the thing you need to get your body and mind in a more peaceful place. In Jennifer Williamson’s new book Sleep Rituals: 100 Practices for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep, she reveals easy practices and activities to set the mood for more restful slumber. Try one of the following three relaxation practices tonight.

Progressive Breathing

Consciously elongating your exhale by just a couple of seconds ushers your body into a parasympathetic state—slowing, soothing, and synchronizing the neural elements in your heart, lungs, and brain, which helps your body get ready for sleep.

Try counting your inhale in seconds, then extend your exhale by two counts. Repeat this incredibly simple exercise to shower your entire being with healing vibrations. The benefits include relief from insomnia and anxiety, but you can practice simply for the peaceful, easy feelings. Incorporate this breathing ritual into your nightly sleep routine and you’ll find yourself dreaming in no time: