It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is important for a good day’s work. But falling asleep and staying asleep can be difficult. Here are three quick tips that might help.
After lying down, do a body scan to identify tension in your muscles. Are your hands clinched? Is your brow furrowed? Are you shoulders lifted and tight? Is your breathing fast-paced? Noticing is the first step to releasing the physical stress that you’ve unknowingly carried to bed.
Shut down your monkey mind. Push out the chatter – the mental reminders, the rehashing, the anxious thoughts about tomorrow, next week or next month. Each time these thoughts threaten to return, silently repeat the word “relax” until your mind clears.
Keep a notepad nearby to write down nagging thoughts or tasks that you’re afraid you’ll forget. Get it out of your mind and onto paper. You’ll free mind for a good night’s sleep.