Saturday, November 10, 2012

What Keeps Us From Getting To Sleep (And What To Do About It)

When people have trouble sleeping, it is often because they are worrying about what will happen the next day. Usually this is replaying the same thoughts over and over, either thinking about what they expect to happen, or what they are afraid might happen. Here's a way to shift thoughts toward the positive and fall asleep quicker. Instead of thinking about what you expect will happen, expect what you want to happen. This is sort of a game of pretend but it has several benefits.

Just imagining what you want to happen the next day organizes your mind and prepares you for it to happen. Visualizing a positive future actually lets your body physically respond as if it is happening. Think about the last time you saw a spooky or suspenseful movie. Even though it is all imaginary a person can find themselves jumping, cringing and having some relatively intense physical reactions. This happens because, when we imagine things, they actually happen for us. We have the amazing ability to bring ourselves to a place of positivity just by getting control of our thoughts.

Shifting our thoughts this way gives us something that is actually good for us to think about and can bring on relaxation and rest. Many times, like a good bedtime story, this can lead to a deep restful sleep.

If you like this article you may also enjoy this post on meditation and getting to sleep.

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