Lay on your back with all your muscles relaxed. Starting with your toes (then balls of the feet, then heels, then ankles, etc), focus on relaxing your muscles even further. If you tense up, start over. This meditation will drive away excessive thoughts and help you fall asleep.
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Before I began SparkPeople I hadn't felt real hunger in years. After I started Sparkpeople I have felt a little hungry (at times) every single day. The first few days I confused "Hunger" with "Dying", it was that unfamiliar and uncomfortable for me. But I am losing weight, so now I am beginning to associate the feeling of hunger with the knowledge that I am choosing a new outcome. Now I'm proud of myself for allowing my tank to get empty before filling it up again, I feel much more in control now.
For me, the most difficult time is right before falling asleep. Now when I am trying to sleep and feeling hungry I think ahead to the following morning, and how proud I will feel if I resisted temptation the night before. It doesn't help the hunger go away, but it helps me resist eating and fall asleep.
If you have trouble getting to sleep at night, try a Cinnamon-Milk Toddy!
1 cup Milk (I use Soymilk) 1 teaspoon Cinnamon-Sugar mix 1 - 2 dashes extra Cinnamon (optional, but I prefer it)
Place all ingredients in a cup or mug, microwave for 35 seconds, just enough to warm it up. Drink it down before it cools. In other words, don't sip it.
The heated milk releases the chemical melatonin which is what helps us fall asleep. The cinnamon adds flavor and keeps the stomach settled, especially if you happen to have acid reflux or indigestion, which will make you uncomfortable and keep you from falling asleep. I sleep GREAT when I have this.
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