Are you having trouble getting to sleep? If the answer’s yes, you’re probably fatigued and suffering from brain fog. On top of that, your immune system and attention span might be low. Indeed, insomnia presents many challenges to well-being. The good news, though, is you can follow tried and tested tips to aid sweet slumber.
1. Wind down and prepare to sleep
When you’re mentally or physically overstimulated, your brain and body are primed for action rather than sleep. Activities promoting a busy mind and wide-awake body include playing computer games and strenuous exercise. As night-time approaches, it’s best to wind down; doing so sends a signal to your system to relax. Avoid undertakings that cause you to be alert. Try relaxing activities instead. Listening to calm music, reading, or taking a hot bath will help you achieve a peaceful mental state.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
2. Settle into a routine
Prime your mind for sleep by adopting a bedtime routine. Follow similar steps each time you wind down an hour or so before going to bed. For instance, dim bright lights, burn soothing incense and repeat a positive affirmation about feeling relaxed and calm. You don’t have to be inflexible about your routine, but try not to vary it much so your mind reacts to it as a cue to get ready for sleep.
3. Pack away worries
Carry out a visualization exercise when you go to bed. Turn off the light, close your eyes, and picture a beautiful garden where you feel secure and happy. See yourself placing any worries into a large, heavy chest that can’t be opened again once closed until morning. Then find a comfortable place in the garden where you can become peaceful and watch the wildlife and flowers.
Not being able to sleep is challenging, but you can improve the chances of getting a good night’s rest. Wind down as night-time draws near, and adopt a routine. Also, pack your worries away until morning, and you’ll soon enter the land of Nod.