What You May Need Right Now with Mercury Retrograde–An Easy Exercise for Better Sleep



I never paid much attention to astrological events until I saw them coincide with my clients complaining of similar symptoms. 

During Mercury Retrograde, I often find four out of six clients in a day are…

  • More agitated or anxious 
  • Unable to sleep (waking between 3:00 – 5:00 am)
  • Overwhelmed with a racing mind
  • Carrying muscular tension, TMJ

So when I saw this article from MindBodyGreen.com about how Mercury Retrograde can affect your sleep, it was confirmation of what I have been witnessing for years! 

“Let’s recap what Mercury retrograde actually is. As MindBodyGreen’s resident astrologists, the AstroTwins, previously wrote for MindBodyGreen, the planet Mercury is all about communication, information, logic, and transportation.

And when thinking about how this affects us, you can think about words that start with “re.” (Reconnecting with old friends, revising plans, remodeling, etc.)”


“each planet governs different parts of the body, and in the case of Mercury, it’s associated with our nervous system, among other things.

It goes without saying that anyone with an unsettled nervous system is going to have a tough time relaxing into a good night’s sleep. And on top of that, our minds may be working overtime during Mercury retro to make sense of all the scrambled information. As we find ourselves reuniting with people from the past, reassessing memories, and revising certain areas of our life, all this “revision” can seep into our sleep—and our dreams.”

Oh, I forgot to mention, vivid dreams! During this time, both me and my clients tend to experience a heightened dream state in which day time stressors get worked out and processed. 

To help you better navigate and even benefit from the energy present at this time…

#1 Check out the video below for the quick, easy, and calming exercise that can help you get a more restful night’s sleep during this time. And be sure to download the pdf instructions here. I suggest printing them and having them at your bedside to help you drift off at bedtime or in the middle of the night if needed 😉 

Feel free to share this link with anyone who may need it: https://bit.ly/LR-bettersleep

#2 Pay attention to your dreams and see what your subconscious might be trying to tell you. 

Mercury Retrograde tends to bring up situations that nudge you to change things for the better. What you pay attention to grows. When considering the meaning of your dreams, ponder why you are feeling anxious or stressed in your dream scenario. Then think about what you want or how you could support yourself better in this same scenario. Does this situation mirror anything happening in your real life? 

#3 Be conscious of what and how you are communicating. During this time, communication tends to go awry. So take the extra time to be clear, reiterate, follow up, and don’t jump to conclusions if you don’t hear back from someone. And, be aware that others may be more frustrated than usual, so give yourself some time to think through your responses, and see where another person is coming from before you react. Think about what actions and words best convey what you want from a big picture standpoint versus what you feel in the moment. Speak from your heart with love instead of lack. 

#4 WRITE STUFF DOWN and BACK UP YOUR FILES! Mental clarity tends to be off as well. Awareness is at 75% so as long as you proceed with caution, you will be fine. Sending deadline and appointment reminders to others is a great idea too! Backing up files will save you a lot of grief if Mercury affects your technology. Also, think about what systems could make your life easier with technology.

#5 Try to stay open, easy, and compassionate. People tend to express their viewpoints with greater passion during this time, and get attached to “being right.” Being prepared to stay open to new ideas and possibilities may save you angst, annoyance, and frustration and also provide you with new opportunities or ways of looking at your world.

Much love, ease and rest,


8 Replies to “What You May Need Right Now with Mercury Retrograde–An Easy Exercise for Better Sleep”

  1. My voice is low naturally but amazing that after finishing this exercise with the video and my repeating “Mary had a little lamb” phrase , my voice was so much lower in pitch. Thanks Lara!

    1. So happy to hear that, Becky!

  2. Wow. I didn’t feel pulses in my left hand but did have a sensation in my upper left arm, my breathing eased and deepened, and shoulder tension relaxed. Thank you for this exercise. What an amazing gift.

    1. So glad it helped, Chris!

  3. AAAAHHHHHH! I just did this and I feel like I’m ready to go to sleep!
    I have a big meeting tonight that has been stressing me and I realize my stress number went from an 8 to a 4!
    Wonderful! I may just do it again today!

    Thank Lara!

    1. That’s wonderful, Solange! So glad you felt relief!

  4. Michelle Choquette says: Reply

    Hi Lara,
    Thanks for the exercise. The lung point is a basic position in Qigong using the same “chicken beak” positioning of the fingers [on both sides]. It’s also good for the immune system as well. Deep wave breathing in from the nose [expand the stomach & move up to the chest] & breathing out through the mouth reverse the breath from the chest down to the stomach.

    1. Awesome! thanks for the tip, Michelle!

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lara riggio

Lara Riggio is an Energy Intuitive. Her videos, classes, and sessions have helped tens of thousands discover and heal the mind/body, ancestral, and past life blocks which sabotage health and happiness. She is based in New York City, and works out of her Central Park Energy Center in Columbus Circle.