Sleep is something we all need. But, we all have nights where despite being tired, we simply cannot shut our mind down. It is like a runaway train – speeding down the tracks, no end in sight and we feel simply helpless to stop it.
Sometimes, we are in pain, or we hear noises outside or even, for tinnitus suffers, inside our head.
The reasons can be varied, and some may even find that a sleep analysis needs to be done to find out if sleep apnea is contributing to the problem.
But, for us that simply have the occasional restless night, I have found some of the following to be beneficial:
Before going to bed write a to-do list, ending with the words: "I have the time and knowledge to get these things done." That way you won't lay there and worry about forgetting or thinking about how to accomplish the task.
Keep a gratitude or blessings journal.Write down the things you are thankful for, the things that made your day a little brighter.
Keep a box of Thank-you cards, Birthday Cards and Get Well Cards handy.Sign and address them in the evening, then set them out so you will remember to mail them out on time.It’s nice to say Happy Birthday on Facebook – but who doesn’t love receiving a card in the mail?You’ll go to sleep thinking kind thoughts of that person.
Try rubbing a little lavender on the bottom of your feet.Another nice oil is my Restful Blend, a lovely blend of Lavender, Juniper, Cedarwood, Marjoram, and others.All oils to assist you in relaxing and falling into a natural sleep and waking up refreshed and ready to meet the day.
Another idea, is to listen to calming music, or meditation music.YouTube is a great resource, just look for Bedtime Meditation, or Bedtime Stories, etc.
Turn off your electronic devices, keep them away from your head, preferably tucked away in a drawer.
The last hour you are awake, try watching or reading something calming and restful, no suspense, horror or adventure stories, please!
My favorite is tea - find a tea you like that promotes a sleepy time experience!
Make your bedroom an inviting and restful place.No TV, no electronics.Keep the bedroom activities to things that help you relax and sleep, not things that keep you up and alert.
And, finally, deep breathing, meditation or prayer are often used to relax the body and mind in preparation of a restful, untroubled sleep.