I Am Too Anxious to Sleep

I hear this a lot from adults as well as older children.  They are too anxious, worried or scared to fall asleep or stay asleep.  Does this every happen to you – You are nice and comfortable in bed, and all of a sudden, you remember you wanted to send an email to a friend?  Or you have a big meeting or job interview the next day and all you can do is lay in bed and run through in your mind all that can go wrong?   I think you have all been there at one point or another, now how do we avoid it?

First, make sure you are sleeping in an ideal sleep environment.  Make sure the temperature is fairly cool and the room is dark.  I always recommend white noise as well, check out my review on the noise machine I sleep with.  (And you can buy one for yourself here – http://http://amzn.to/2dVHBRo)

Second, make sure you are not going to bed too late or too early.  Adults should be getting around 7 – 9 hours of sleep so figure out when you should be asleep to get that much sleep.  Allow yourself 10 – 20 minutes to fall asleep once you are in bed.

Now, here comes the more tricky part.  How do you actually keep your mind from wandering, worrying, and writing?  Yes, I tend to occasionally write blog posts in my head when I am trying to fall asleep!!

  • Having the white noise on is a great start.  The noise gives your brain something to focus on instead of constant thoughts.
  • Doing calm activities before bed will also help you fall asleep.  Try some stretching, reading a calm book or doing some meditation
  • I also recommend having a pen and some sort of paper next to your bed.  This has definitely helped me when I am starting to try and write blog posts.  If I can just write down the title or some thoughts, I can fall asleep.  Sometimes we wake in the middle of the night without much of a reason and really cannot fall asleep.  In that case, I recommend just starting to write whatever may be on your mind, even if you do not think it is keeping you awake.  This will get your mind off of worrying about not falling asleep, and you may just get something done as well!

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(Thanks to Casper for sharing the awesome graphic with me!  Be sure to check out their solution to sleep issues here.)

 

Do you have tips you would like to share with us?  Feel free to comment below!

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