This is going to be little bit different than all these pieces of content about sleep hacking - the supplements, the sleep masks, the orange sunglasses, the apps - in this article I'll address a really common sleep issue that people report - which is that they can't get to sleep because they have all these thoughts running their head.
I've had an lively mind and an over active imagination for as long as I can remember; which has led me to lead a life of adventure and novelty seeking. The unfortunate downside to this is that also for almost as long I can remember I was on the insomnia spectrum; getting to sleep has always been challenge. There is always just so much to think about!
As a teenager I remember wondering what should I be thinking about to go sleep?
This was before the age when you could find a really helpful answer to that sort of question by just Googling it.
I would read these different self help type books which would say that...
Before falling asleep you should think about what you're going to do the next day or write down a challenge you're dealing with.
This really did not help my sleep as I would then spend hours tossing and turning worrying about what I was going to do the next day to overcome whatever I was dealing with.
I had also heard that you may want to repeat a mantra like
Relax... Relax... Relax...
That you want to try to "self talk" hypnotize yourself to sleep
You're going to sleep Jonathan... You're getting sleepy... You're going to sleep Jonathan...
These really did not work for me. I felt really silly repeating mantras or trying to talk myself into falling asleep and then I would get frustrated with myself.