Sleep Like a Dog

Roxy in resting pose from yoga.

Roxy in resting pose from yoga.

 

Roxy is our champion sleeper. Her ability to sleep anywhere at any time under any circumstances is the envy of our whole family.

She can be right at home sleeping on our bed…

Roxy at home in our bed

Or on someone.

Roxy lounging on top of her dad

She can sleep sitting up….

Roxy dozing off on the sofa

Or curl into a little ball.

Roxy trying to be a lap dog

She falls asleep watching me from the living room….

Roxy was spying on me over the cushions, but fell asleep

And doesn’t wake up when I throw a blanket on her.

Roxy's toes sticking out from under a blanket

Who wouldn’t like to sleep that good?

I can’t compare to the champ. But I do have a little routine I go through while already in bed that helps me drift off into a restful sleep.

First, I mentally run through my entire day and say “thank you” for each thing I’m grateful for. Doesn’t matter if it’s as small as a peaceful walk with the dogs or something major, like avoiding a car accident. Everything counts.

Then I do a breathing meditation. Inhale for one count, exhale for one count. Inhale for two count, exhale for two count. Then three and so on, up to 20. Then I go back down until I reach one—if I stay awake long enough.

If you can only inhale for as long as a seven count, do seven. Next time, try eight. Work your way up. The main goal is to slow your breathing down—long, deep, drawn out breaths.

I can’t guarantee you’ll sleep like a Roxy. But I know I always wake up feeling much, much better after doing these at night.

Hope you do, too!

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About Christie Green

I'm a certified health coach, intuitive healer, writer, animal-lover, and peace artist (formerly martial artist) helping clients create lives with more balance, less bark.
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2 Responses to Sleep Like a Dog

  1. Diane says:

    Loving your posts, and these photos, in particular, cracked me up! Thanks for the humor and the breathing tip…

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