Mercury Is In Retrograde—Here's What You Need to Know

If this month is proving to be a doozy, you might have Mercury retrograde to blame for that. A term that’s inspired many memes, when Mercury goes into retrograde (which is roughly every 88 days), the planet slows down, which makes it look like it’s moving away from Earth. While it might not sound like a big deal, Mercury, which rules communication, sends Earth into a spin, making it harder to converse, travel (due to delays and cancellations) or sleep during this period.

What this means is that we might start to feel a little stressed and sleep-deprived and generally out of whack. The type of influence you will personally feel depends on which of the twelve zodiac signs Earth is in when Mercury goes into retrograde, however, Mercury rules everyone's nervous system, which means you might feel more emotional and wound up than usual, which, of course, could impact your required eight hours of sleep.

And if that’s not enough, many also report an increase in vivid sleep episodes, which mean your dreams will feel so real, you’ll believe you’re awake. So, how can you prepare yourself for this rollercoaster of a retrograde? Here are a few ideas to help you snooze:

1. Nap like you mean it
While sleeping under your desk at work is considered unfavourable, using your weekends wisely by fitting in a mid-afternoon nap will help combat possible sleep deprivation at night.

2. Digitally detox 
If you’ve started to experience uninterrupted snoozes as of late, leave your mobile phone on flight mode (and in the next room), so you can totally switch off when it’s time to.

3. Brew it
A hot cup of tea tells your body it’s time to get some rest. Pair it with a shower, using a lavender or chamomile body wash, for ultimate relaxation before bed time.

4. Meditate 
While it may have been on your list of things to do for a while, meditating during Mercury retrograde will help slow you, and your thoughts down (so you don’t make any crazy decisions in a retrograde-haze).

5. Self-care
Make yourself the number one priority until Mercury retrograde has passed. Light a candle, take or listen to soothing music or a podcast before you get some shut-eye.

Last but not least, try not to worry – these feelings only last for three weeks, which means you’ll be back to normal in no time.

Found this interesting? This is how much sleep you need, according to your star sign.

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