Guys! If you have trouble sleeping at night, I may have a helpful solution for you. I work with so many clients that have trouble sleeping, and usually it’s the first issue that I address, because lack of sleep or too much of it, can add to our mental distress. I often can’t sleep myself, tossing and turning for hours on end…And recently, the sleep issue has gotten worse for me, so I’ve decided to personally attempt these sleeping techniques suggested by my supervisor who has been working as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 30 years now.
Here’s the strategy:
First and foremost, it is so important to pay attention to what our body is telling us. I’m such a rebel in the sense of pushing my limits. Even though I feel my body getting tired, for instance, my eyes getting heavy, my body feeling slower, I continue to push myself to finish whatever activity it is that I’m doing. I’ve learned that this is not the right way to go. Yes, sometimes by pushing, we will fall right to sleep afterwards, but more often than not, our body has missed the “sleep signal” and we fail from getting on the bandwagon to Sleepville. I do this a lot! So, in other words, if you feel the natural symptoms of sleep, listen to it and go to sleep!
Secondly, you need to make your bed a designated sleeping area. Therefore, no reading, no watching tv, no perusing the internet, nada! Your bed is your sacred sleeping ground, and your mind needs to associate it as a place of sleep. Therefore, when you enter it, your body knows what to do, sleep. Weird how our mind functions that way, I know.
Lastly, if you miss the bandwagon to Sleepville and find yourself tossing and turning, as I do most nights, make sure to leave your sacred sleeping ground (a.k.a your bed) and go anywhere in your house, JUST NOT BACK TO YOUR BED! I for instance, live in a studio apartment, therefore I literally hop over to my couch and start to journal in my book. Writing or drawing is actually a naturally sleep inducing activity as it requires both eye and hand coordination. You can watch TV, you can browse the internet, it does not matter what you do, as long as you do it away from the bed. Once you feel the symptoms of sleep come over your body, go back to bed.
I’ve personally tried this technique several times now and it works each time. If you find yourself not being able to go back to sleep after the first time around, I would try doing it again, but make sure that you pay attention to when your body is signaling “sleep time”.
Let me know how your experience goes with this! I hope it helps.