Are you finding it very difficult to sleep now? Then these tips are for you. You must be very convinced that you want to sleep right now. However, if these have been happening frequently, it is advised you see a professional therapist. You could be suffering from insomnia. Even at that, you can still get over it with
a little effort from you and by following these tips religiously. Now let’s move on to the steps.
Step 1: Get comfortable.
There are people that can sleep while standing. However, if you are one such people you won’t be reading this. So find a comfortable place, it could be a couch, bed, or wherever that feels comfortable for you.
Step 2: Relax.
This involves relaxing every part of your body. See your body in parts; relax your right hand, left hand, left leg, right leg and so on. Spend a few minutes ensuring that all part of your body is relaxed. When this is done, move on to the next step.
Step 3: Focus on your breathing.
This is the most important of all. It works even though something serious is bothering your mind, which may be the reason you can’t sleep right now. So here you go; i) Take a long deep breath in, and the same out. ii) Repeat the long breath for about four times, and then go back to breathing normally. iii) Then take one long deep breath and a short breath out, short in and long out, two long in and out. The aim here is to play around a bit with your breathing which is generally good for your health and also relaxes your brain. In addition, try belly breathing (baby-like breathing) too.
Step 4: Visualize.
This is equally very important too. While breathing in step 3 above, visualize as the air goes in through your nose slowly down to the lungs, and slowly comes out through your trachea and out of the nostril. Your mind will definitely try to wonder about especially if something serious like heartbreak or any other thoughts is bothering you, so constantly and slowly bring it back to focus on your breathing. And also try to visualize as if the air is coming in through your feet. This could also serve as a form of healing; emotionally and physically.
Step 5: Persist.
At times even sleeping requires effort for anyone to get there. You can always go back to repeat steps 3 and 4 over and over again. Remember persist and persist. This breathing technique is known to help many, so you are not an exception. And finally, you may repeat the following slowly, quietly, and lovingly in addition to steps 3 and 4 prior to sleep:
“My toes are relaxed, my ankles are relaxed, my abdominal muscles are relaxed, my heart and lungs are relaxed, my hands and arms are relaxed, my neck is relaxed, my brain is relaxed, my face is relaxed, my eyes are relaxed, and my whole mind and body are relaxed. I fully and freely forgive everyone, and I sincerely wish for them harmony, health, peace, and all the blessings of life. I am at peace, I am poised, serene, and calm. I rest in security and in peace. A great stillness steals over me, and a great calm quiets my whole being as I realize the Divine Presence within me. I know that the realization of life and love heals me. I wrap myself in the mantle of love and fall asleep filled with goodwill for all. Throughout the night peace remains with me, and in the morning I shall be filled with life and love. A circle of love is drawn around me. I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. I sleep in peace, I wake in joy, and in Him I live, move, and have my being.”
Even if you are suffering from insomnia, heartbreaks, etc. you will find the above affirmation very effective.
As a bonus tip, you can still do something like;
- Take a warm bath,
- Read a book (factual ones),
- Slowly massaging (twisting) the hairs on your head, and
- Also, there are some special mp3’s developed with some pulsing sounds in the background that when listen to, at a comfortable volume help you to sleep within minutes—you can get them on the internet.
- Exercising for at least twenty to thirty minutes every evening is known to relax your body. It could be jogging, brisk walking, or riding a bicycle. This will not only help you sleep, but you will have a more deeper and satisfying sleep generally.
Really, you should be sleeping by now. Don’t forget to share these with friends.