There have been countless questions asking, how to go to sleep and why is it so difficult to go to sleep. There are a lot of distractions, like phones and cars and other people in the house.
Resting is crucial. Going without it, otherwise known as sleep deprivation, means you can suffer weight gain, impaired memory, mood swings, more susceptibility to illness and injury, and more.
After a workout, muscle repair happens largely during sleep, and without sleep, muscles can't repair as effectively.
1. Remove the distractions if possible, or decrease ones that you can't control.
- Store your phone somewhere else
- Ask people to keep music and talking down
- Close the blinds
- Block out noise
2. Allow yourself time to think over the day and get those lingering thoughts out of your head
- Set a limit of about 4-10 minutes and when that time is up, you've had enough.
- This is very important: Keep your eyes open, laying in your bed on your back and don't move.
3. Imagine yourself locking away all your thoughts in a box that you can't open until the next morning
- Tell yourself everything you are thinking of now are just being saved for later
- Picture yourself locking the box away somewhere you can't access it
- Don't open that box. The thoughts can't escape, but they'll be safe there until morning.
4. Take deep breaths
- Breathe slowly
- Continue to keep your eyes open
5. Count down from 1000, with your eyes still open.
Don't move. You can only have the numbers in your head, nothing else, because they are locked away in the box.
- Start by whispering 1000, 999, 998, down to around 990, and then continue counting in your head.
- Don't trail off the counting.
- Count slowly.
- The numbers are the only thing in the world. Nothing else exists.
- Try to stay awake as long as you can. Even make a game out of it. See how far you can count.
6. When you feel yourself drifting off, just let go and continue counting in your dreams.
Soon you'll really be dreaming.