Hello! While using the method I’m about to write here trying to take a quick nap today, I had the idea of sharing how I get to the sleep state whenever I want to fall asleep quickly.Here’s a list of ‘states’ that I reference in the following steps: Awake – Your brain is at 100% activity Rest – Your reactions may be dulled. Half-sleep state. Snooze – It could be said that you’re asleep, though you’re still aware of your surroundings. Typical scenario is when you’ve woken up but have yet to open your eyes. Sleep – Someone could put whip cream on your nose and you wouldn’t even notice. Scary thought, huh? It’s not? Oh.
So, without further ado, I’ll get into it shall I?
STEP 1: GET COMFORTABLE
There’s no point even beginning to try the next steps I’m going to write if you’re going to be twisting and turning every minute. This is because moving about means you’re using your muscles – they’re not being allowed rest, and therefore your body is practically in the ‘awake’ state.
STEP 2: CLEAR YOUR MIND
On some occasions, you may go to bed thinking about everything you have to do tomorrow, next week or even that event you have planned in the distant future. Whatever it is, sometimes it won’t leave you alone. You’ll keep worrying about the what ifs, then you’ll get agitated, move about in a fit of rage…and now you’re back to step one.
That might have been a bit exaggerated, but you get the point (I hope). So, what I like to do is imagine a colour in my mind. Close your eyes and think of nothing but that colour. Not the name of it or anything relating to it, just picture the colour in your mind like a blank canvas – the colour black is a good colour to use, especially if the room is dark. If you start thinking about words, then imagine yourself listening to a soft white noise or a low hum.
Here’s a good reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KaOrSuWZeM
You’re likely to find it soothing and should now be in the ‘rest’ state.
STEP 3: FOCUS
Focus on sleeping and nothing else. If you sidetrack your thoughts and start thinking again, you can recover by mentally wiping the thought from your head, but take care to recover quickly! If the tangent grows too big, you could get stressed by the outcome of your thoughts or even just because you got distracted – in this case, stay calm and simply try again. This step will lead you into the ‘snooze’ state.
STEP 4: SWEET DREAMS
By this step, you will have already fallen into the ‘sleep’ state and should be merrily on your way to having sweet dreams! Whether you remember them or not in the morning is another story, however!
I hope this helped you to get to sleep more quickly or peacefully and if it did, then let me know or leave a comment!
Have a good nap 🙂