ARE YOUR THOUGHTS RUNNING A MARATHON RACE IN YOUR BRAIN AS YOU TRY TO FALL ASLEEP?
We've all been there from time to time, right? If we've had a really busy day at work or an emotionally charged day, we just can't shut off our thoughts before bedtime. That's a normal response. However, if this is happening frequently and you're wondering, “What do I do now? Am I driving myself insane?” Let it be known, help is on the way. My goal today is to help you connect to calm and fall asleep.
Why am I doing this? For those of you who follow along on my website or on social media as a part of our Global Mindful Living Community, you’ve probably seen one theme coming up over and over again.
Clients are complaining to me about feeling tired and stressed. They may have anxiety, depression or maybe just feel tired for no reason at all.
An underlying important cause of all of these issues is chronic sleep deprivation.
Does that sound familiar? I know. I’m also guilty as charged. We are managing full-work schedules and trying to fit in our personal lives on the side. And unfortunately for many of us, sleep takes the back seat.
Does this sound like you?
- You have difficulty falling asleep at night because thoughts are racing in your head
- You fall asleep just fine. You maybe drank some wine or took a sleeping pill, but you wake up in the middle of the night and you can’t fall back asleep.
- You feel asleep just fine. You stayed asleep fine. In fact, you probably even slept a full 8 to 10 hours, but you’re still extremely tired.
If any of these scenarios sound like you, I welcome you to try the 7 Day Sleep Challenge.
These challenges are based on proven techniques in cognitive behavior therapy, brain science and mindfulness to help you sleep better.
I call it a challenge for a reason. I am actually challenging some conventional habits that you have developed and clung onto that are probably not serving your sleep schedule well. I spread out these sleep hygiene techniques over 7 days because I’m asking you to try one every day. If you can hang in for 7 days, I promise you that you’ll sleep more soundly, wake up more energized, and feel improvement of anxiety, depression and stress symptoms.
Last but not least, please know I have been holding an intention for our entire Global Living Community that as you lay your head down on your pillow, you welcome sleep every night. Just breathe.
We welcome sleep,
This week, let our #MindfulMonday mantra be: “I welcome peaceful sleep”
Sleep, bringing up this issue is throwing a stink bomb in the room. We all have been there: disturbed sleep, lack of sleep, can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep, don’t even want to think about sleep. Breathe. This week let’s take a step to welcome peaceful sleep back into your life. The causes of insomnia seem infinite, and it may warrant a thorough medical examination.
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This week, let our mindful mantra be: “I welcome peaceful sleep”
Sleep, bringing up this issue is throwing a stink bomb in the room. We all have been there: disturbed sleep, lack of sleep, can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep, don’t even want to think about sleep. Breathe.
The causes of insomnia seem infinite, and it may warrant a thorough medical examination. As a neurologist with expertise in mind-body medicine, I cannot ignore the importance of the mind-body connection in sleeping. The first sign of a stressed out nervous system is disturbed sleep, and we all have been there… more than once.
Have you ever been traveling and just can't sleep? I shot up, wide awake, at 3:45am this morning. Really. Technically it’s 6:45 on the East Coast where I live, but still, this is feeling a little crazy.Read More