Hi my name is Julius, I am founder of happiness.com. It is my intention to bring more joy into our world and help us become more conscious as one global humanity.
I believe that we can co-create a fantastic future together and I would love to support this with our unique community here. If you have any ideas, comments, suggestions or blessings please send them my way :-)
To me happiness is the feeling of freedom and excitement for a future where everything is possible. A certain peace of mind is also nice to have and the ability to give and receive love freely.
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My input is not really on night routine, but some basic learning I made in regards to quality sleep. I bought an https://ouraring.com/ a few years ago to measure and improve my sleep. For me it was really insightful and has definitely added to some healthier routines:
In general I aim to go to bed Read more… at similar times and not too far off the natural daylight rhythms, also always have 8+ hours of bedtime.
I changed all my screens to suppress blue lights after 8pm to not mess with melatonin production, which is important to become sleepy and not wake up much
Alcohol has a big impact on the resting heart rate. Even one beer an hour before bed takes a few hours of increased heart activity before the alcohol is washed out of the blood. So I only drink when i really feel like it.
I usually don't eat after 8 or 9pm so that the digestive system is not busy processing the meal in the first hours of sleep. Late meals have a impact on the resting heart rate in the first hour of sleep, this is usually the time of deep sleep.
If possible I try to do sport a few times a week or at least do something like 10.000 steps per day, because physical activity during the day improves the deep sleep.
On one point I tried using non psychoactive CBD-oil drops to calm me down before bed-time. I thought they were helpful.
I keep the bedroom as tidy as possible. They say the less things you have in there and the more orderly it is, the better for your sleep. I also often air my room for 15 minutes before going to bed to ensure amply oxygen supply during the night.
We live in a noisy neighborhood, so I tried a white-noise (which is supposed to improve sleep) or ambient sounds sounds during the night. Didn't feel a strong difference though and it hasn't become part of my routine.
When I have trouble falling asleep or unwinding, I often to deep diaphragmatic breathing. Box breathing (4-5 second in, 4-5 second retain, 4-5 second out, 4-5 second retain, etc.) is also really helpful for calming the heart which then calms the mind.
Lastly I recently learned that the gut health is very important for good sleep. As mentioned in my post here taking care of your microbiome has a very big impact on your sleep.
As you can tell, I spent a lot of time on this subject But I have to say it was totally worth it. While I can become quite passionate at times, it is definitely not one of these never ending self improvement obsessions, but just a form of self care. Sleep is tremendously important for the brain and has one of the biggest impacts on our happiness. I think continuously learning and experimenting on this subject is really beneficial for my overall well-being.
I hope my findings can help you too 🙂
Reading your comments fills my heart with joy, so nice to hear your stories @AnandKoodali and @Tine
A few years ago I met this guy in England who created - a now global - movement to end loneliness of senior citizens. Check out these videos:
They now have more than 14.000 volunteers and also a few Read more… chapters here in Barcelona: https://cyclingwithoutage.org/