Sunday, February 26, 2012
" Many people have difficulty getting a good night's rest. Sleep plays a crucial role in your health and well-being. Often we lose sleep because our minds are preoccupied with going over the day's events or planning for future ones. If you have problems sleeping, try creating a journal. Write out your worries and fears about what is happening in your life. Are you considering a career change? Are your in-laws coming for a visit? Do you have a strained relationship with someone? Allow your thoughts to flow out honestly to better prepare for a good night's rest. "
I definitely feel there are times that I have trouble falling asleep because my mind is preoccupied - and usually it means there is a decision that needs to be made. The interesting thing is that I don't take long to fall asleep most of the time. I actually am asleep within 10 minutes of going to bed. But, I wake a lot during the night and that is why I don't feel rested. I usually don't have worries or fears keeping me up, but I wake easily and I don't fall back asleep another time so quickly. If I am awake more than an hour without falling asleep, I put on an audiobook on my iPhone and listen to it - that seems to work. I can't get up and do something or I might wake others, plus the light seems to keep me stimulated and makes it hard to fall back asleep. I'm trying to be more mindful of going to sleep sooner so that I get more quality sleep before I have a wake-up event between 2 and 4 in the morning because then I at least have more quality sleep hours logged before being woken.