Can’t Sleep? — Jone Victoria — January 31, 2009

I was reading a friend’s blog and she posted that falling asleep was a problem. She’s having nightmares, and her doctor thinks it may be post traumatic stress syndrome from a car accident she was in a few months ago.

It’s miserable when you can’t sleep. You toss. Turn. Look at the clock. Read a book. Shut the light off. Pulling your covers around you, anxiety continues to build with the need to sleep, as the clock advances in hours.

Sleep is essential to our general well-being. Sleeplessness can signal depression, anxiety, difficulty in focusing and memory loss. Studies have shown it can even contribute to retaining weight.

One thing noticeable in self-hypnosis techniques is the simplicity of the command from mind to body. The mind is the most important thing in the body, and the body cannot do anything without the mind.

Anyone suffering from sleep deprivation, due to anxiety, can try this exercise.

First eliminate as much light as possible from your room. Cover LED”s with a cloth or turn them away from your sight. Light, no matter how slight, signals your brain to wake up.

Once in bed, lie in a comfortable position.

Do not change this position or move your body once comfortable.

Relax your breathing, inhaling for a count of 4, exhaling for a count of 8.

Focus your attention on your feet and affirm, “My feet are relaxed. I’m releasing all tension from this area of my body and becoming twice as relaxed as I was before.”

Move your attention to your ankles. “My ankles are relaxed. I’m releasing all tension from this area of my body and becoming twice as relaxed as I was before.”

Move your attention to your calves. “My calves are relaxed. I’m releasing all tension from this area of my body and becoming twice as relaxed as I was before.”

Once you have relaxed a part of your body do not move or readjust your position.

Slowly move this same focus and dialogue up your body to your knees, thighs, hips, waist, chest, arms, neck and head.

I have used this exercise when I’ve had to sleep on planes, in noisy hotel rooms, and with a full party going on in my home. It works.

Pleasant dreams.

It seems I’ve heard so many people saying lately that they are having trouble sleeping nowadays — our jobs have become increasingly complex and/or we are doing the job of 3 people. Folks with little ones have the added responsibility of getting their children to day-care or school on time, and possibly not getting enough sleep when someone has a cold or a tummy-ache. Also — work doesn’t stop when one gets home. There are always chores to be done, sometimes we bring our work home, and most of us want to enjoy some family time, and possibly alone time to just veg out.

There is also the stress of commuting to work — in traffic jams — in intemperate weather — and with all those drivers who insist on cutting in, drive too fast, and tailgate! Every day we are overwhelmed by details, schedules, and minutiae that bombards us with a seemingly never-ending cacophony of noise and clatter. Is it any wonder that most of us don’t get enough sleep. As Jone points out — sleeping is our “reboot” for the next day’s work, worries, and tribulations. If we are shortchanged by not getting enough sleep, our minds are not equipped to handle those decisions needed to cope with our everyday tasks, or the speedy responses we may need in a crisis. We are not fully charged for the challenges of our day-to-day lives.

I’d like to think that this exercise will help everyone that needs it — indeed — it might be just the solution some of you are looking for. There’s nothing to lose by giving it a try — and as my Mother used to say when tucking my brother and I into our beds — “Sleep tight”!



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