At night, the busyness and movement of the day… S T O P S. Things slow down, and your mind turns UP.
Or, is it just me?
Here are my tested, tried, and true ways to mitigate those night-time worries. (Read on to my most useful tip, #3! You won’t regret it.)
Night-Anxiety = SOggy leftovers.
- You can’t reheat chipotle too much, it becomes soggy and gross. Consider the same for the those thoughts that “pop up” at night and drown you, keep you from sleeping. Those thoughts are leftovers, suppressed from earlier in the day when you were too occupied to digest them. Realize that you’re chomping on soggy leftovers, and try something new, like the following advice:
Wear. Yourself. Out.
- If you work-out regularly, or if you are just considering starting, it will truly help you sleep at night. Just start. Wear yourself out! Studies support that physical exertion is conducive to deeper, more restorative sleep. “The good news: People who engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise may see a difference in sleep quality that same night. “It’s generally not going to take months or years to see a benefit. And patients don’t need to feel like they have to train for the Boston Marathon to become a better sleeper.” – Hopkinsmedicine.org.
My favorite: Gratitude Lists
- While laying down, if the thoughts/ night-anxiety begin… start to recite all that you are grateful for in your mind. (You can also type this on your iphone, but staying away from blue light is probably best.)
- I usually turn off all lights, ask Alexa to play rain sounds, close my eyes and begin to recite in my head: “As I fall asleep peacefully, I am grateful for: *list blessings here* – no matter how big or small, go over every thing and person you are grateful for. You’ll be asleep in no time!
Which is your favorite? What would you add to this list? I appreciate you so much for reading and commenting!
Try it, and comment below if it worked for you!