Don’t worry, sleep



Sleeping, Tired, Bed, Feet, Sleeping

You need enough sleep. You need enough sleep so as to function and so as to restore and rejuvenate your mind and your body.
Tens of millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems. It is very common that people toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep in any way. This may often be attributed to one’s head continuing to focus (at top speed) on problems rather than shutting down at night and resting.
Once I was in my 20’s, and a money market trader on Wall Street, I had the very same problem. I had a job that required me to function in an extremely high level, continually, all day long. By 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night because my mind was still racing, reviewing the day’s work (and problems) and planning the next day’s work (and problems). The lack of sleep began to interfere with my ability to function at work at the required high level. If this continued, I would not be able to perform my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I needed to get more sleep.
Once I realized it was my head that has been keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I had to do something about it. How did I solve the problem? What I did was make a bargain with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I’d take all my problems, worries and anxieties from my mind and put them down on the nightstand next to my bed. I promised my mind that all my troubles, worries and fears would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I would pick all my problems off the nightstand, place them back in my mind, and my brain could start spinning and rushing and worrying all over again. After a couple of nights of trying this it began to work. I fooled my brain. I trained my brain. Now, when it was time to go to sleep, I managed to lay down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. This was decades ago and ever since that time, when I get into bed, I put down my troubles. And don’t have any trouble going to sleep at night.
In addition, I discovered something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night vanished or lessened when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the next morning.
When it is time to go to sleep, the day is finished. Put your worries down. When day is done and it’s time for sleep, there’s nothing more you can actually do right now about your existing problems, worries and fears. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you want, place an empty box next to your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t worry, all of your problems, worries and anxieties will still be there in the morning. Or not. Meanwhile, you can go to sleep.
And, if you wish, you can even write down your concerns on a piece of paper and put them in the box. Or not.
As for the box, any empty box will do. Any color. It could help if the box has a lid and you may leave it open to easily put on your worries, problems and fears. No, it doesn’t have to be a massive box. Unless you have a good deal of worries.



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