Are You Sleepless, Too?
I hope not, my friend. But if you are and you're sitting here reading this early in the morning, here are three things I've found that are supposed to help us sleep:
1. Find a Way to Turn Off Our Anxious Thoughts
According to insomnia experts, it's important to turn off any anxious thoughts before going to bed. They suggest taking time early in the day to list all of our worries, along with the ways we will try dealing with them. Having this list is supposed to ease our minds, so we can concentrate on sleeping.
2. Do Something to Help Our Bodies Relax
Winding down before bed is one of the best ways to get our sleep back on track, according to Harvard Medical School. Creating a pre-sleep routine will send a signal to our bodies that it's time to prepare for sleep. I like to take hot baths. They're my favorite way to relax...a little lavender scent... a lit candle...ahhh....
If this sounds too girly for you, there are other things you can try. My friend eats graham crackers and warm milk. Warm milk contains calcium, which helps soothes the nervous system. My daughter's boyfriend listens to classical music. Apparently it's very efficient at lulling him to sleep.
3. Visualize Something Peaceful
According to experts, visualizing is a great way to distract our brains so we can drift off and eventually fall asleep. All we have to do is imagine we're in our favorite place.
I'll picture myself sitting on a sunny beach. You can picture yourself in your favorite place...a peaceful forest, perhaps? Now we just relax and enjoy it, look at our surroundings, listen to the sounds, and feel the warm sun on our skin. Before long, we should be drifting off to sleep.