Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

By now we all know that proper sleep is the cornerstone of good health. But knowing it and experiencing it are two different things. Why is it that so many people are having such a difficult time getting and staying asleep? This important aspect of living longer and remaining healthy is a luxury for many.

Do you wake up often during the night? Perhaps you have problems falling asleep? Do you awaken after 8 hours of sleep feeling unrested? There are so many variables and reasons why we don’t get a high-quality slumber but here are some tips that will definitely make a difference and get you on the road to sweet dreams and restful days ahead.

MELATONIN – Melatonin is a well-known sleep enhancing hormone that is gentle on the body and offers a more relaxing and deep sleep. If you’re new to Melatonin, start with taking a 1-3 gram supplement an hour before bedtime. Alternatively, tart organic cherry juice also contains naturally occurring melatonin. Drink 1-2 oz. of tart cherry juice mixed with some water before your evening slumber.

ROOM SETTING – Many people underestimate the importance of the bedroom environment and how it contributes or interrupts sleep. Keep your room at a cool temperature (between 62-68 degrees F) and ensure that there is no distracting light from the windows, clock radios, and computers. A white noise machine or fan can also gently block out disturbing sounds.

CELL PHONE – Studies have shown that the EMF signals omitted from cell phones can interrupt your sleep. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23051584

Make sure to keep your cell phone far away from your bed and ensure that it’s on silent mode. Wi-Fi can also interfere with your sleep so it’s best to keep your computer and Internet setup in a separate room.

MEDITATION – Most of us know that meditation is good for us but we struggle with keeping it regular. A 20-minute daily meditation can shift our brain patterns and helps us to feel more relaxed and calm. This de-stressing practice will definitely improve your sleep patterns and help you to release negative emotions. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726

EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique is an amazing self-healing tool that can be used by everyone. You can learn the basics by searching Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl8NZKLdD9o for EFT or tapping videos. Gently tapping on your acupuncture points while repeating affirmations can help you to release emotional heaviness and stress. With EFT, people have reported a deeper, more satisfying sleep.

ESSENTIAL OILS – Lavender is the best-known essential oil to enhance relaxation and sleep. Use a pure lavender spray on your pillows, roll-on lavender oil to your temples before bed, or use 10-15 drops in your laundry detergent when washing your sheets. Other oils that assist sleep are vetiver, ylang ylang, chamomile, and sandalwood.

Sleep disturbances encumber us from operating at our fullest during the day. If your sleep difficulties continue after trying some of these suggestions, make sure to dig deeper. Consider booking a sleep clinic so that you can have a professional analyze your sleep patterns.

Take control of your life and finally get that deep, restful, and restorative sleep that you deserve.


Jay Bradley is an anti-aging, wellness, and lifestyle coach living in Los Angeles.


He is the best-selling author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, the 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger, and Feel Better!






Fake it Til you Make it

Fake it Til you Make it

I have ALWAYS lived by this motto and here is why. Whenever we attempt something new in our lives it is important to realize that although we haven’t done it before, somewhere on a spiritual level, we have already mastered it! We must step into each new experience with the belief that we CAN do it! Regardless of what it is, if we look at ourselves as spiritual beings having a physical experience, then there truly is NOTHING that we cannot do. We can go into every new opportunity with an attitude of knowing that we can become a master.

When I first started as a waiter, I stretched the truth on my resume in order to get the job. I did this not to mislead anybody but rather because I believed without any doubt that I could do the job well and I just needed the chance to shine. While I am not suggesting that anybody cheat or tell big lies, I AM saying that sometimes we need to fake it til we make it. We can live in a place where everything that we want, envision, and speak affirms it as if it’s already accomplished.

Another example is what you put on your email signature. I added TV Host and Author well before I landed any significant gigs at either. I had written numerous blogs and articles but had no book deal in sight. I had been hosting my own show online but had not yet landed a TV hosting job. I wasn’t harming anybody by having this signature but rather was embracing what I felt was inevitable. By becoming who you believe you can be, before it actually happens, it often leads to fulfilling those very desires.

So this week go out there, fake it a little. Tell people you’re a singer, writer, or actor regardless of what you’ve done and make NO apologies. Begin writing statements about your life in a positive way that begins with I AM. I AM a successful business owner. I AM married and in love with my life partner. I AM enjoying prosperity as an entertainer. Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, consider it already complete. The Universe doesn’t know the difference between what is fact and what is in your imagination and will quickly get busy bringing forth what you desire.