Stop Worrying And Go To Sleep

Photo of Man with Hand on His Head in the Dark

You need enough sleep in order to function and in order to restore and rejuvenate your brain and your body.

Tens of millions of people have insomnia and other sleep issues. It is very common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all. This may often be attributed to one’s mind continuing to focus (at top speed) on issues rather than shutting down at night and resting.

When I was in my 20’s, and a money market trader on Wall Street, I had the exact same problem. I had a job that required me to function in an extremely high level, continually, all day long. By 7AM to 7PM. I couldn’t go to sleep at night because my mind was racing, reviewing the day’s work (and difficulties ) and planning the next day’s work (and problems). The lack of sleep started to interfere with my ability to work at work at the necessary high level. If this continued, I wouldn’t be able to perform my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I needed to get more sleep.

As soon as I realized it was my mind that was keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I had to do something about it. How can I solve the problem? What I did was make a deal with my mind. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I’d take all my troubles, worries and fears out of 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 in my brain, and my mind could begin spinning and racing and worrying all over again. After a couple of nights of trying this it started to work. I fooled my brain. I trained my brain. Now, when it was time to go to sleep, I managed to lay down, put my problems and worries and anxieties aside, and go to sleep. And in the morning, I was refreshed and ready to face the day. 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 lessened when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the morning after.

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 is nothing more you can actually do right now about your existing problems, worries and anxieties. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you prefer, place an empty box beside your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t worry, all your problems, worries and anxieties will still be there in the morning. Or not.

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

As for the box, any empty box will do. Any color. It may help if the box has a lid and you may leave it open to easily put in your worries, problems and fears. No, it does not need to be a massive box. Unless you have a LOT of worries.


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