We have all had one of those nights where falling asleep felt like nothing more than a challenge.
Even though we physically felt tired, our thoughts continued to distract us from drifting off to sleep.
Everything that could worry us did.
We worried about how tired we would feel the next day, how that meeting at work will turn out, or all those household chores requiring our attention.
It’s interesting. The more we feel like we have to fall asleep, the more anxious we can become.
So, what are you supposed to do? Keep on reading.
Allow Yourself To Stay Up
Yes, this idea may seem counterintuitive – but it can potentially help.
Feeling like we have to do something can make any situation feel scary and stressful, even when it isn’t.
What statement do you think would make falling asleep a little easier?
A: “I have to fall asleep in the next ten minutes, or I will feel miserable tomorrow.”
B: “I am comfortable in my bed right now, and my body will fall asleep when it is ready.”
Chances are you selected statement B.
Looking at bedtime as something you get to do instead of something you have to do can help you feel more in control of the situation.
This new routine may take a few nights to get used to – but it can potentially transform your entire sleep ritual.
Let’s say goodbye to tossing and turning and hello to relaxation.