Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? If you don’t, you are among the lucky ones… Unfortunately, sleep issues plague many people, so even if you are blessed with lucky sleep stars, chances are pretty good that you know at least a few people whose sleeping stars aren’t as lucky as yours!
Take me, for example. I have dealt with a very complicated sleep disorder for about twenty years. Naturally I have tried many things… and sometimes something will work for a few nights, but then the disorder loudly sings that song, “Can’t touch this!”
Last Summer I watched many Q&A videos with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and in one video he sweetly explained how to fall asleep easily. First, he said, you just stop thinking (hahahahaha!), and then, after you stop thinking, you just focus on breathing and relaxing your body…
Well, even though I laughed at the “just stop thinking” part, recently I have been using his words as a technique and it often helps me to fall asleep more easily…
After lying in bed thinking for a bit, I tell myself, “Thich Nhat Hanh says you can fall asleep easily if you just stop thinking, breathe in and out, and relax your body… All you have to do right now is relax your body.”
So then I focus on relaxing my body, either by the tool PMR (Progressive Muscle Relaxation), relaxing each body part one at a time, or by simply thinking, “Relaxation is flowing from my head, down to my toes.”
If, or rather when, I get distracted and start thinking random thoughts again, I just repeat the whole process again, with the primary thought, “All you have to do right now is relax your body.”
This technique really is helping me, and I’m sharing it with you in case it might be helpful to you or to someone you love.
During this strange time on planet Earth, sleeping is more important than ever… We need good, restorative sleep to help our immune systems stay strong and to be able to think clearly…
Stay strong, stay healthy, stay safe, Everyone!
With love and humor,
Photo of starry night at the high vibe Bell Rock vortex in Sedona by Darrly Brian on Unsplash.