How To Stop….

Grayscale Photography of Crying Woman

You need enough sleep. You need enough sleep so as to function and so as to restore and rejuvenate your brain and your body.

Tens of millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems. Stress, worry and anxiety can be major contributors to sleep (and non-sleep) problems. It’s extremely common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all. This may often be due to one’s head continuing to focus (at top speed) on issues rather than shutting down at night and resting.

I had a job that required me to function at an extremely high level, always, all day long. From 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night because my mind was racing, reviewing the day’s work (and problems) and planning the next day’s work (and difficulties ). The lack of sleep began to interfere with my ability to function at work at the required high level. If this continued, I would not be able to perform my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I needed to get more sleep.

When I realized it was my mind that was keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I had to do something about it. How did I solve the problem? What I did was make a deal with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I’d take all my problems, worries and anxieties from my brain and set them down on the nightstand next to my bed. I promised my brain that all my problems, worries and anxieties would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I would pick all my problems off the nightstand, place them back into my brain, and my brain could start spinning and rushing and worrying all over again. After a few nights of trying this it started to work. I fooled my brain. I trained my mind. But when it was time to go to sleep, I was able to put down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. This was decades ago and ever since then, when I get into bed, I lay down my troubles. And don’t have any trouble going to sleep at night.

In addition, I heard something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night vanished or diminished when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the next morning.

When it is time to go to sleep, the day is completed. Put your worries down. When day is done and it’s time for sleep, there’s nothing more you can actually do right now about your present problems, worries and fears. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you prefer, put an empty box beside your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t worry, all of your problems, worries and anxieties will still be there in the morning. Or not.

And, if you desire, you can even write down your worries on a piece of paper and physically put them in the box. Or not.

Any color. It may help if the box has a lid and you can leave it open to easily put on your worries, problems and fears. No, it does not have to be a large box. Unless you have a good deal of worries.

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