“How to turn your brain off at night?,” “Can’t sleep mind won’t turn off!,” “How to turn my brain off at night?”
Do any of the above questions look familiar to you? Have you ever feverishly typed these exact words into Google?!
Well, finally you’ve found the right blog post to answer your questions!
So, let me tell you how my brain works. It. Works. All. The. Time. It legit does not stop. I’m always working on one project or another. Most of the time it is very much mom or work related. I’m thinking about what my next blog post will be, what we’re going to have for dinner the next day, am I providing Carter with enough support and instruction while homeschooling, did I make the right decision in homeschooling him, I need to set up my Facebook, Youtube, etc. I could go on for days! Oh, and let me not forget, should I even try to parent the tiny twins tomorrow or let them just roam free. LOL.
If you’re anything like me, most of this thinking, plotting, planning; goes on right before bed. You’ve put your husband (LOL) and kids to sleep, but yet you are left staring at the ceiling wondering what exactly happened to your life and what brought you to this lowly state, along with all the anxiety of your to do list.
Well, here is a list of 15 ways to shut your brain off and sleep:
Now let’s take a more in depth look at each one.
I know that you’ve heard this many times before. However, science tell us that this means if there is an argument right before sleep, our brains are more likely to dump that experience into our long-term memory zones while we’re knocked out, causing the fight to hold a lasting impression on us.
Therefore, it is much easier to move past something before going to bed than after, as you have resolved the negative experience before your brain has a chance to hang onto it. So not only can it help you to get to sleep, but it can also improve your relationship with your significant other. It’s a win-win
Make a list of the things that are keeping you up at night. This is one of the things that honestly helps me the most. It’s almost like putting my to do list to paper releases it from my mind. When I read my list. I see that it’s completely doable and now I have a flow or sequence to follow to get it done.
Journaling can be so therapeutic and relaxing. Journaling is not simply making a list, but it involves writing about your emotional state, your mental state, and your goals for life in general. You will be surprised at how much putting your feelings on paper will you to feel more at ease. It’s a way of confronting your issues and honing in on your next steps. Journaling is completely safe as it is for your eyes only. It should be used as means of self reflection and emotional release.
So, maybe the reason that you can’t go to sleep is because…shocker….your body isn’t tired! It may be more beneficial for you to get and move and tire yourself out before trying to go to sleep. It must be some sort of physical movement like exercise; walking, jumping jacks,etc. Or you could clean your room, the kitchen, the bathroom. The goal is to fatigue your body so that it craves sleep, but don’t over do it an amp yourself up again.
Reading a book works the same for you as it does for your little ones. Let’s not go all 50 shades type book here, because then you’ll probably not get to sleep right away with that one! Also avoid any work or mom advice type book as well. Those will only get your mind racing again about what you need to do. Choose something lighthearted, warm, funny, and fuzzy!
Simply put our bodies crave routine. We as humans are so much comfortable with life when we know what’s coming next. Isn’t it funny how things almost never turn out quite how we’d like it to. I know my experience is that somehow though it always works out. In any event, set up a routine at night so that your body knows that sleep is coming next. You can use many of the methods here to set up your nightly routine.
I’m sure now all the keto lifestylers have left the post! Come back! Let me finish! I said “some” carbs. You don’t have to blow all of your hard work. It’s as simple as having a small portion of rice with your meat and veggies at least four hours before bedtime. We all know that carbs can boost tryptophan (turkey) and serotonin (happy naturally occuring body chemical). Have some carbs. Get some sleep.
Whoops! How many of you put yourselves to a restless sleep by cruising social media? Guilty!! We all do it but honestly the best way to get yourself to a great nights sleep is to avoid all electronics before bedtime. “How long before bed should I turn off electronics?” You should turn off your electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. An hour or more is awesome. Pinterest will be there in the morning shugs! It ain’t going nowhere!
Believe it or not sometimes its literally about the space that you are in. Clean and organize your room so that it is a space of comfort, a place where you can exhale, a place of tranquility. Declutter and add all the farmhouse decor that makes you happy. If you haven’t seen Marie Condo in action, you’re super late and you need to get on it and find out what gives you joy!
Do this now: Unclench your teeth. Let your shoulders down. Take a deep breath. Did you not even realize that you were stiffening your shoulders and clenching your teeth?! Crazy right. You’d be surprised at how much tension and anxiety we hold in our bodies. Little muscle relaxing exercises like we just did are perfect before bed. However, don’t stop at your shoulders. Consciously relax your body from your mouth to your toes.
This is probably one of my favorite methods for getting to sleep at night. You can read more about carving out some time for yourself here. You can use this time for many things and worrying is one of them. Take the time to look over your to do list and create a plan of action. Once your designated worry time is over, leave it in your office, bedroom, Starbucks, or whatever place you decide to have your worry time. Just don’t bring it to bed.
This one is easy. If you can’t go to sleep don’t try to. Just because it’s your designated time to sleep does not mean that your body wants to sleep. Just like with anything else in life; it must mean you’re supposed to be doing something else. Try some of the things mentioned in this post.
I’ll let Dr. Mike tell you more….
Yoga can do many things like improve physical strength and flexibility, improve breathing, reduce stress and enhance mental focus. A recent new study indicates that yoga can help to improve sleep among people suffering from chronic insomnia. You ready for some downward dog?!
Are you worried that the draft stop you ordered from Amazon may sit on your dresser for another week and not get put together by you or your husband? Or is that just me? Just me? Ok. Well, you may have similar things on your mind and my solution is…just do it. Get out of bed. Put the damn thing together or complete whatever task it is that’s bothering you, so you can get it off your mind and get some sleep.
Didn’t I tell you that this was the blog post you’ve been looking for?! If you don’t improve your sleep after trying at least 3 of these methods, I’ll shut down my blog! Ok, well that’s a bit extreme and it’s not going to happen, but I’m convinced that something on this list will work for you!