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Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? We could all probably use a good night sleep right now! Kathryn Nicolai shares details of her new book and popular podcast, Nothing Much Happens. Kathryn provides an indispensable toolkit for relaxing body and mind to help fall asleep



KATHRYN NICOLAI

Host of the popular Nothing Much Happens podcast shares indispensable toolkit for relaxing body and mind to help fall asleep

With everything going on in the world, is anyone getting enough quality sleep these days? Whether keeping up with the impending election has upped your screen time or virtual work and learning has upped your caffeine intake, Kathryn Nicolai, host of the popular podcast Nothing Much Happens, is here to help get you relaxed and asleep in no time. Nicolai has crafted a healthy way to help readers who struggle to fall asleep, wake in the middle of the night, or carry their anxiety with them during the day, through the timeless act of reading bedtime stories.

When Kathryn Nicolai launched her podcast Nothing Much Happens in 2018 she hoped to put her nearly two decades of experience as a yoga and meditation instructor to use by helping listeners quiet the mind and fall asleep. For each episode, she would write soothing stories that both eased her listeners into a peaceful slumber and taught the principles of mindfulness—so that waking hours might become sweet and serene, as well. Two years later, Nicolai’s podcast has become one of the most recommended and listened to podcasts for finding rest. Just this spring, Refinery29, Bustle, and Well+Good, said it was the perfect podcast for bedtime, and Nicolai reached 25 million episode downloads. Now, she has transferred her stories and insights onto the page in her new book Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep.


Kathryn Nicolai shares her indispensable toolkit for letting go of anxiety and allowing the mind and body to relax, including tips such as:

· Breathe: Breathing can simply be a great relaxation tool. Breathe through your nose, and count the beats of your breathe. Try breathing in for four counts and out for six.

· Set boundaries: If possible, leave electronic devices out of bedtime completely. If that’s not possible for you, pick a different boundary like putting your phone on “do not disturb” 30 minutes before bed.

· Establish a ritual: Create a routine that lets your brain know it is official bedtime. Your routine could include enjoying a cup of herbal tea, brushing your teeth, or laying out your clothes for the next day.

From watching fireflies from the deck in the summer to opening up the bakery in the morning, these pages are filled with the perfect amount of “nothing much” to focus and calm the mind and put anyone to sleep.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

KATHRYN NICOLAI, the Michigan-based writer and creator of the enormously successful podcast Nothing Much Happens, is an architect of coziness, writing soothing stories that both ease the reader into peaceful sleep and teach the principals of mindfulness so that waking hours likewise become sweet and serene. She leans on her seventeen years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to seamlessly blend storytelling with brain training techniques that build better sleep habits over time. She is the owner of Ethos Yoga.