Lead Your Mind To Sleep

I can’t sleep because I can’t stop thinking!

Does this sound familiar?

Scores of people  struggle to go to sleep every night.

They lose precious time tossing and turning for hours before they can finally get some sleep and by that time it’s almost time to get back up!

Many individuals depend on various forms of sleeping aids.

Wouldn’t it be great to just lay your head on the pillow and 2-5 minutes later be sound asleep?

It is possible and here is an exercise you can try.

The Busy, Action-Packed Poster

Once in bed, start by visualizing a blank poster size (36×24) piece of paper coming towards you until it is right in front of you. Now it is well within your reach. This paper will contain all your thoughts, activities, worries…etc.

So, start writing on it until there is no blank space left.

Some of these may include:

  • All your to-do’s for tomorrow
  • Special meetings
  • Project deadlines
  • Anxieties, worries, fears, thrills
  • Quizzes or tests
  • Scheduled games, if you are in sports

Continue to write all your thoughts until there is no more room in the poster. Every bit of space has been taken by all your thoughts and activities. They are written in every direction. This is a very busy poster and it represents all the activity in your mind.

The Relaxed, Peace-Packed Poster

Now, with your mind gently start pushing the poster away from you.

Push it a little bit further.

Keep pushing it away. It’s getting a little bit smaller. By now you can’t read the writing. All you see is scribbling. Keep pushing it even further away.

By now the poster has become tiny.

In your mind, look to the right and notice that there is another poster in the distance. It seems to be approaching you and has overshadowed the other poster, which you are no longer able to see.

You cant read anything on the new poster because of the distance, but is rapidly getting closer to you.

Bring it closer to you.

A little more.

Now it is in front of you.

You are attempting to read what is says but…there is absolutely nothing written on it. It is completely blank.

No actions, no worries, no fears… just relaxation, tranquility, and peace.

Take a deep breath, hold it for 3 seconds and slowly exhale.

Take two more deep breaths.

Continue focusing on the blank poster and keep your entire focus there.

Say good night to your mind!

The Countdown

Now slowly count from 20 to 0 backwards, as you continually think of peace and tranquility and relaxation.

Good night! Enjoy a full night’s rest.

Personalize It

You can substitute the poster to anything else that will work better for you. You can also adjust the countdown. Make it personal…whatever works for you.

I use this method of relaxation on my daughter and she is normally knocked out in 45 seconds!

I thought she was faking it the first time we tried because when I had counted down to 10 she was almost snoring.

I checked her two hours later and she had not moved an inch… still in the exact same position!

What techniques for falling asleep have worked for you?

 

1 Comment
  1. A fun exercise.

    What I remember from my studies is that it usually takes around +/-20 minutes to appropriately go to sleep. Going to sleep quickly after laying your head down is usually an indicator of sleep deprivation.

    Be blessed in all you are and all you do.

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