Do you suffer from insomnia? Perhaps you find it difficult to get to sleep initially or maybe you’re able to get to sleep but find yourself waking up in the night and unable to fall back to sleep. Whatever category you fall into, I want to share with you five tips to get you sleeping like a baby.
1. Stop panicking
When you’re experiencing insomnia, the worst thing you can do is to get busy in your mind thinking about tomorrow and all of the things you have to do and all of the problems you’re going to have because you’re having difficulty sleeping. Insomnia layered with panic is a recipe for disaster! Let the fact that you’re finding it difficult to sleep be okay. Get out of your head and focus into your body, which is step two.
2. Focus internally
Now you’ve calmed your negative thinking, start focusing into your body. Become the observer of your body and focus on the dominant sensation in your body. Watch the dominant sensation change. You may feel your hand tingling and then coolness in your foot or something else. Whatever is there for you, let it be okay. As you’re doing this, also focus on your breathing. Often I breath in for four seconds, hold my breath for a few seconds and then breath out for four seconds. The idea is to get out of your head and into your body because this will provide you with the best conditions to get to sleep.
3. Get your room set up correctly
Studies have shown that rooms that are cool, dark and quiet promote sleep so set yourself up for success.
4. Help your body, physically
If you’re having trouble sleeping, make sure you provide your body with the right conditions to get to sleep naturally. Stimulating your body just before sleep by eating a heavy meal, exercising, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco or consuming caffeine will all hinder sleep. Aim to complete these things at least two hours prior to sleep. Also, having a bath or shower just before bed can promote sleep because it is the cooling down of your body that apparently triggers the sleep cycle. Some people say that sticking your foot or arm out of the bed covers also has the same impact. Why not give it a try?
5. Get help
If you’re finding it difficult to get out of your head and focus into your body, you might need help. I’ve worked as a therapist for many years and help people to find inner peace. I work at an emotional level and I’ve written a book called ‘I Should Be Happy But I’m Not’ which you might be interested in.
For more information watch Heidi’s YouTube video on the topic or visit http://heidi.com.au