Can’t Sleep? Are You Thinking Too Much?

At bedtime, do you ever find yourself thinking too much, so much so that you are unable to find that elusive and much-needed sleep?

You know those nights. You have a problem you’re trying to solve, or an issue you must address, or simply now that the weekend is over you’re having to face yet another workweek.

How do you shut off the mind to get a good night’s sleep?

While I am no expert at this kind of thing, I am one who suffers from occasional insomnia. When sleeplessness hits me, I do something that I learned by accident one night.

I think of something beautiful.

Yes, I know, that sounds crazy. But it works for me, and I’d like to share with you the types of things that make me fall into a deep and restful sleep.

As an artist and crafter, I have a strong affinity for bright colors and beautiful yarns. Back when I was an avid knitter and had insomnia, I would get comfortable in the bed and close my eyes. I’d visualize gorgeous azure blue yarns made of exquisite fibers, a whole sea of yarn, balls upon balls of beautiful blue. Just seeing them in my mind’s eye gave me a lot of joy and the color itself soothed me deeply. Within a few minutes, I was out like a light.

Other things I’ve visualized include memories from our trips to Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, and even the Atlantic Coast of Florida.

The thing I realized is that by switching my thinking from worry to reminiscing, distress to imagination, I was able to fall into sleep a lot better than when I relied on a sleeping pill.

Have you found a way to beat insomnia without the help of medication? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sweet dreams!

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