I have been speaking to a few people lately who have been struggling with sleep.
This has not been traditional insomnia – I have written about that before
This is more about the things that go on in their mind when they are already asleep meaning they wake up feeling as exhausted as they were when they went to sleep (or more!)
I can relate to that right now. I have a lot going on in my life and there is something about that “dozing off” state just before sleep comes that allows all sorts of thoughts a passage into your head.
Just before we sleep, it’s like a bridge is created between our conscious and subconscious – and for a short while the thoughts become indiscernible from each other
So what do you do about it?
Well the trick is to get to sleep with positive thoughts in your head.
Here is how.
1. Get an oil or perfume you really like the smell of and put a small amount on a cloth
2. Some time during the day watch this video on how to build a positive anchor but instead of squeezing your knuckle when I tell you to, sniff the cloth
3. When you go to bed, smell the cloth and then put it under your pillow. If you wake through the night smell it again.
Try it and see how you get on.
It’s also worth mentioning while we are here what you can do with kids who are having night terrors or nightmares.
Download this file which is a relaxation track that has a positive anchor built in at the end. Play the track in their room as they go to sleep. If they are old enough they can listen on their own device or if they are too young play it over speakers. It is just an MP3 file so you can put it on any device. I have found this to be very effective for a number of kids in that age range of 7-12.