A good night’s sleep is important to your mental and physical health. Even adults need 7-8 hours sleep a night.
I often have trouble falling asleep. And there was a little added stress in my household last week. While my body is ready for rest, my brain is actively going over my day, my problems, tomorrow, and my to-do list to name a few. (There is that cow again!) Negative thoughts and stress can make it harder to fall asleep and can disrupt your sleep. I’m sure you’ve experienced this too.
I’ve tried listening to TV or music to help distract me and it really doesn’t work well. I’ve tried “counting sheep” but then I start thinking about what color they are and what the fence looks like and lamb chops!
Recently I’ve begun using a mindfulness/meditation technique that is proving to be quite effective. It is called mindful breathing. Trust me, I’m no meditation queen. It still feels very awkward for me. So if I can do this, anyone can.
I simply lie in bed and focus on my breathing. As thoughts enter my mind, I cut them off and just redirect my brain back to breathing. I use the word “breathe” as my redirection word. As soon as I’m aware of the thought, I think “breathe” and refocus. Surprisingly, it actually works. And the more I do it, the easier it is to shut off the thoughts and return to focusing on my breathing. Sleep is coming faster each night and I’m waking feeling rested.
If you try this technique, drop me a comment and let me know how it works for you. What do you do to help you get a good night’s sleep?