Mar 22, 2021
Do you struggle with sleep disturbances and insomnia issues? Good sleep hygiene can help, starting with winding down before you go to bed, so you are relaxed and in the right frame of mind for sleep.
Make the choice to relax your body and mind before you go to bed. Have realistic expectations for drifting off to sleep. You can’t expect magic to occur and instantly fall asleep. It helps to take the time to relax your body and fall asleep with good thoughts.
I remember times I would be working on my computer until late and then thinking it was time to go to bed. My husband would say, “You will never get to sleep, settle yourself down first.” I knew he was right, and if I took some time to relax, meditate or listen to music or a guided meditation that it would be so much easier to fall asleep.
How many of us go to bed thinking about the things we didn’t do, the things we have to do, the things we are worried about, or whatever didn’t go well that day? Sometimes, those thoughts consume much of the time right before sleep. If we fall asleep thinking of stressful things that happened or might happen, we might have bad dreams or nightmares. The subconscious mind works out things while we sleep. Unlike our conscious mind, the subconscious mind doesn’t stop when we fall asleep. It keeps working on what we were thinking about just as we were falling asleep, and that can affect our dreams.
Spending just a few minutes in gratitude, noticing what you are thankful for or recalling a favorite memory, something that makes you feel good, will help you rest well and wake up feeling refreshed.
Certainly get help from a professional if you think you may need a sleep-disturbance evaluation. Some people with sleep disturbance or insomnia issues benefit from a medical checkup.
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