Commenters on a Washington Post story about insomnia had some good suggestions to help us go to sleep. Some were actually new to me–and I thought I’d heard every suggestion known to woman. So I’ve compiled them.
But first, let me tell you my latest find, working like a charm. It’s a podcast called Nothing Much Happens: bedtime stories to help you sleep. It’s written so that…nothing happens. There is nothing to engage you. The writer narrates and Kathryn Nicolai’s voice is very sleep-inducing. I am usually out within five minutes. Or less.
I had been listening to audio books on Audible to get to sleep, but got so involved in storylines that they kept me awake instead of put me to sleep. But Nothing Much Happens is working well for me. I’ve seen it on Audible and on Amazon Music. I’m sure you can find it anywhere. Free.
Here are some other techniques:
Stare at something in your natural eye-line as you try to fall asleep. Do all you can to keep your eyes open and focused on that spot. The commenter claims it’s difficult to keep this up for longer than 10 minutes without falling asleep.
The old favorite, concentrate on breathing, long and slow. Sounds simple, but it does work, especially if. you keep at it.
Pick a category, such as produce. Then think of at least one thing for each letter of the alphabet. Apple, banana and so on. You could choose cars. Or animals. Whatever.
Is there a narrator who always puts you in a coma? One commenter said for her it is David Attenborough and another said Joe Biden. Whatever works.
I liked the suggestion to repeat the mantra “My body is heavy and my mind is light.”
Another found a beautiful podcast called “Nothing much happens bedtime stories for adults,” which the reader claimed has some of the most vividly descriptive narration ever heard. It’s calming, they said, and it is.
Visualize a blank wall. Focus on the wall. Keep returning to that image when your mind wanders. Focus.
I know someone who thinks of the color orange. That does it for him.
This one the reader calls “beditate.” Take three deep audible sighs. Then listen hard to whatever ambient sounds are around you, electricity going through the wire, cars, the dog snoring. They claim listening stops monkey mind.
Can you hear your own heartbeat? Here’s another idea: Listen hard to your own heartbeat & you will be in dreamland before you know it.
Got a tried and true method that helps you fall asleep? Share it below. Oh, and this:
If all else fails, try Samuel L. Jackson’s famous “Go the F*** to Sleep video” right here.
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