What is this face? Oh- it is just the face of a girl who rambled for 13 minutes and 7 seconds about her insomnia, making no sense whatsoever. I almost subjected you guys to this video, but I refrained. As I was editing the video, I realized I needed to recap my 5 tips for falling asleep in the post… and then realized that I should just write out my ideas instead.
So, after 1 full month of restful sleep, I feel like I have the clout to recommend to you all how to avoid insomnia. I'm just teasing. I am not the best person to give advice on this topic. However, I have figured out what works best for me in the sleep department and thought I would share them with you all.
1. Eat a peaceful diet: I have been trying to avoid what I like to call “stressful foods” just before bed time. I took the time to notice how, whenever I ate crappy food before bed, I was able to sleep a lot better. Go figure. So now, I try to eat 2 hours before bed & eat healthy, easy-to-digest foods that settle easily in my stomach.
2. Say a peaceful word: When I lay in bed, I say the word “comfort” to myself about 5 times to remind myself that I have the ability to relax. I know it sounds silly. However, doing this helps to turn on my parasympathetic nervous system, the nervous system that turns on when we are relaxed. It is hard for me to unwind after a crazy stressful day, so I find that this trick of mine helps to calm me down.
3. Be present and in the moment: In other words, I am trying to just do one thing at a time, instead of multitasking. Doing 5 things at once makes for a very unhappy, stressed out girl.
4. Watch T.V. before bed: While I used to stay away from the tube while in bed, I now find it very helpful in falling asleep. why? I don't know, but I think it may have something to do with the fact that watching T.V. allows me to turn my mind off before falling asleep.
5. Seek Guidance: Ever since I began counseling, I have been improving my self image, reducing my stress, and really getting mentally healthier. My counselor is able to help me see that I do not have to be perfect, that I can relax, and that life is unplanned and messy. Those are just a few of the things I have learned, but everything we talk about helps me to feel more assured in myself and, thus, relaxed at the end of the day.
That's all I can think of at the moment. I hope these help anyone who is having restless sleep or is stressed out. Just remember to smile, pray, and laugh- and it will all be okay.