Fall Asleep More Easily By Replaying Your Day In Your Head

Fall Asleep More Easily By Replaying Your Day In Your Head

If it takes you a long time to fall asleep because your mind keeps racing, use what you did earlier in the day to help you focus and drift off more easily.

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Leo Babauta on Zen Habits posted this tip as part of an article on becoming an early riser (it’s hard to wake up early if it takes you forever to fall asleep):

Close your eyes and get comfortable, then think of the first thing you did that morning – the very first thing, like turning off your alarm. Then think of the next thing, and so on, replaying your morning in as much detail as possible. I never get to mid-morning.

This is easier than counting the Fibonacci sequence to fall asleep to cure a monkey brain sleep problem.

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  • Pretty sure my brain would get stuck replaying conversations and coming up with “what I should have said”. I think I’ll stick to meditation for getting myself to sleep, works every time.

  • I never understood why focus helps people to sleep. For me, focus keeps me awake, thinking about things. I need to defocus to get to sleep if I’m having trouble, and that usually comes from emptying my mind of thought, rather than filling it up with ‘what happened today’.

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