After a night of tossing and turning, the bags under your eyes are bigger, your patience is smaller and often a good day is wasted.
While one night of poor sleep can make you feel zombie like the next day, years of tossing and turning can lead to weight gain, chronic stress, fatigue and an unhealthy life.
I usually sleep great. 7-9 hours is perfect for me. You may need less or more, and know when you’ve experienced a perfect night of sleep. Your mind is sharp and focused, and your body is full of energy.
This mini-mission is for you, your family and your sanity. Sleep Well.
There are some nights when I don’t sleep well. I do all the right things to fall asleep, but nothing works.
That is, until I took Leo Babauta’s suggestion. “The simplest cure for insomnia: get comfortable and close your eyes, and then replay your day in your head, in every detail possible, from the moment you woke up. Start from the moment your eyes opened, and replay every movement — getting out of bed, starting the coffeemaker, going to the bathroom, washing your hands, or whatever. Don’t summarize — leave nothing out.”
When I can’t sleep, my mind starts racing, I think of all the things I need to do, or want to plan. This forward thinking leads to worry and anxiety. With Leo’s brilliant method, you simply replay each detail of the day. Everything is done.
It seems to good to be true, but I’ve practiced this method on the few occasions that I couldn’t fall asleep and it works. I bring my mind back through every tiny detail of the day, “I walked over to the sink, took the cap off the toothpaste, squeezed a little toothpaste on my toothbrush, ran water over the brush….” Come on, that could put just about anyone to sleep!
Give it a try. Goodnight. Sleep well.
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