A lot of people are plagued by one same thing: getting to fall asleep after lying down in bed. Often times, we’re lying there pondering, wondering, and worrying about countless things with a racing mind, unable to go to sleep. This often becomes a problem, especially when you have a big day ahead of you tomorrow, or when you’re going to need a lot of energy the next day, and getting enough hours of sleep is important.
With so many things happening daily, it’s not a wonder why we’re often having a hard time getting some sleep in when we want. It simply becomes impossible to turn off the brain at night. However, there are a few things that can help. While this might not help the person suffering from insomnia, anyone who’s simply thinking of too many things might benefit from these tips:
Power down well before heading to bed.
It might be advisable for those who like to do work, exercise, or study right before going to bed to take at least 30 minutes to mentally and physically power down before hitting the sack. Get everything done, leave post-its and reminders of the things that you need to complete the next day, and put everything on a pause. If it’s hard, start doing some other less complex tasks like washing the dishes, taking a shower, or things that will distract you, while not keeping you mentally engaged.
Don’t think in bed.
When approaching your bed, leave all thoughts outside. Lying in bed with an overly active mind is a recipe for sleeplessness. When you decide to catch the z’s, leave all your thoughts by the door. The point here is to train your brain on the concept that the bed is not the place to ponder on too many things. Your shower and the toilet is enough. Similarly, when in bed and needing to think about things that will need a lot of brain power, get up and do it somewhere else. Come back to bed when everything has been settled.
When all else fails, think on less complex things.
If you still can’t stop from thinking about the secret of life in your bed, and other deep philosophical things, try swaying your mind toward less complex things. There’s a lesson to be learnt from counting 100 jumping sheep. When you start thinking about things that are much simpler, and even monotonous, you might find that you might just slip into deep slumber much easier.
Start just by one of these tips and slowly try to apply all of them, and you’ll be on your way to fuller, better qualities of sleep.