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Rock Yourself to Sleep—to Start Rocking Your Life

Already tried every insomnia trick under the moon? YJ Influencer Hemalayaa swears the simple act of rocking is the only one you need.

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Women on the rise to leadership roles and their own personal empowerment need rest and rejuvenation now more than ever. I am surrounded by incredibly powerful sisters who are rocking their lives and contributing massive positive change in the world. But most of them, including myself, are depleted of our energy a lot of the time.

Women, You Need More Sleep

Ladies, it’s true, you need your beauty sleep; it serves the important function of allowing your body to mend itself for the next day. That temple you live in—your body—is a machine that requires shutting down for the night.

Getting a good night’s sleep became a challenge for me personally several years ago. Stress and hormonal changes woke me up every night, leaving me with only a few hours of good quality sleep. The less sleep I got, the grumpier I got.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your resources deplete more quickly. In fact, studies have shown a significant relationship between women and their need for sleep. Women tend to multitask and use a larger portion of their brain than men do, and thus the need more sleep. It makes sense: the more one uses their brain during the day, the more it needs to rest. Unfortunately, even the most powerful women tend to lose sleep because they’re worrying (I’m a master at that one); dealing with hormonal changes or imbalances (yup, got those too); or are light sleepers and sense disturbances in the immediate environment (this one is the worst!).

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The Trick to Falling Asleep You Probably Haven’t Tried Yet

If you’ve experienced sleep deprivation and think you’ve tried everything from yoga postures to massaging pressure points in your feet to support your system and bring relaxation, I bet you haven’t tried my method. Rocking myself to sleep is the only thing that truly helps me relax and ultimately fall asleep.

When I was a little girl, I used to rock my legs when I was falling asleep. Eventually, I stopped because my mom told me it was bad luck. She thought it was nervousness or anxiety, but it was the opposite—it was so soothing. About 5 years ago, when my sleep issues started, my body naturally wanted to move. When I allowed it, it brought deep sleep.

It makes sense. The rocking motion puts babies to sleep and helps adults drift off in a hammock. According to a 2011 study published in the journal Current Biology, the swinging motion initiates a sensory stimulation that supplements sleep rhythms. In the study, half of the subjects were asked to nap on a rocking bed while the others napped on a still bed. The results showed the rocking motion assisted with the transition from an alert to a relaxed state and accelerated the transition to sleep. Ready to try it? Don’t keep losing sleep, rock yourself and your life, ladies!

How to Rock Yourself to Sleep

sleeping girl

  1. Lie on your back. Extend your legs out straight.
  2. Sway your foot side to side like a windshield wiper. This will in turn rock your whole body into a soothing state taking you into slumber.
  3. Move your hips side to side. It should be effortless.
  4. Do it for about 30 sec and let it go. 

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