In the Middle of the Night.

It seems I am developing a new habit. I wake in the middle of the night and my mind begins to work overtime. I am flooded with ideas. I know that all these brilliant ideas will disappear by morning. With the understand that my mind will not quite down, I decide to get out of bed and write down these ideas for topics for blog posts and articles.

I must clear my mind in order to fall asleep once again. The result is a nearly a page of topics and ideas. My mind now clear, I can return to bed and fall asleep. Two practical ideas: 1. If you have what might be good ideas in the middle of the night don’t try to remember in the morning (that never worked for me). Get out of bed and write them down. 2. If you have problems falling asleep or falling back to sleep, get out of bed for a while and then try again.

Having Problems Falling Asleep?

Many of us have encountered difficulty falling asleep at times. For some people this is a chronic problem. Many of us have a problem shutting off our thoughts when our head hits the pillow. The harder we try to just fall asleep, the more difficult is seems to get. We lay there and lay there and lay there. Our minds may begin to race. Here is something that might help (I learned this little trick many years ago):

Close your eyes and think of a large white wall. Focus on the wall. Things will appear on the wall (your thoughts). When things appear on the wall, white wash the wall and make it clean again. Your task is to keep the wall clean. If you are keeping your focus on keeping the wall white, other thoughts will have difficulty entering your mind. This approach will slow down your mind and allow you to fall asleep.

Don’t give up if it doesn’t work right away. New skills take practice in order to master them.

One other suggestion: If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed. Do a little reading or write in your journal if you have one. Then try again.

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