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What Keeps You Awake at Night?

woman can't sleepWhen you lie down to sleep at night, do you have trouble turning your brain off, no matter how tired you are? Unfortunately, this is a common problem.

It’s not fun to try to make yourself unwind and fall asleep when it seems like an impossible task. Here are 3 little, easy-to-do tips that work to let your brain slow down and fall into restful bliss:

  1. Before you even hit the sheets, pick up a piece of paper. Take a few seconds and write down what you have to do tomorrow starting with the most important thing at the to – or when you have them written, number them by priority. Take a big breath and let all the things you wrote go into the great abyss somewhere until tomorrow when you wake up. You won’t forget anything because they are all captured on that little piece of paper so no eed to thing about them until them. Keep the paper by your bed just in case you wake up in the night with a thought of something you forgot to write down. That’s a gift from your subconscious so take advantage of it. If you don’t write it down, you’ll forget it by morning.
  1. Stop staring at the bright TV screen, which is hypnotizing you with mysteries, murders, news, or whatever captures your attention. Staring at a bright screen inhibits the production of melatonin, which is bad news for relaxing sleep.
  1. When you are in bed, get comfortable and take several big breaths. Big breaths always help you to de-stress and relax. Then, as you have your eyes closed, see yourself in a beautiful, peaceful, serene place…maybe a beach, or in the mountains, or somewhere in nature because nature allows relaxation. Use your senses and really be there. Smell the air, feel the breeze, touch a leaf or the sand. Really be there. If you do, you will relax because you are taking yourself out of where you are.

Another relaxation technique is one I use often. After big breaths, I simply start at the top of my head and feel a relaxing tingle in my scalp. I go slowly down my body, relaxing my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my jaw, my neck, shoulders, arms, fingers, chest, stomach, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and I finally end with my toes becoming floppy little elastic bands.

And now it’s time to sleep tight …..and as my dad used to say just to be silly, “Don’t let the bedbugs bite!”  Good night.