Have you ever found yourself waking up at 3 or 4 am with your brain spinning a mile a minute? It can be easy to fall asleep but staying there is another matter. Brains tend to either focus on one issue at this time of day (night) or flit from one to the other. It can feel impossible to stop it when you are somewhere between sleep and awake. Your brain can feel wide awake but your body isn’t in sync and it’s a struggle to fall back asleep. Your alarm goes off and you know it’s going to be a rough day.
I’ve been playing around with different methods to alleviate this and have hit on one that seems to work time and time again.
First, here’s what has sometimes worked and sometimes not worked in the past. Forced relaxation is what my son calls it. It’s more like mediation. Focus your mind on your breathing or on the space beyond your closed eyes. Alternatively, relax your muscles progressively starting with your toes and working up through your body. First consciously tighten the body part then relax it. This works great when the stress isn’t overwhelming but I haven’t found it to work consistently.
Now, here’s what I’ve found to work fairly consistently over the years. The Power of Intention. This is a variation on the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction uses the ability to call into our lives whatever we are focusing on. The Power of Intention is a subset of that, the power behind the law. It’s what you begin with. It’s the thought you need to hold in your mind.
So, try intending to sleep. Set down that intention in your mind before bed, while getting into bed and while falling asleep. “I intend to sleep through until the alarm.” “I intend to sleep through the night.” Whatever calls to you, but put force behind the words. Mean it! Let me know how it goes.