Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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If you struggle to sleep at night then this blog is for you. Sleeping well becomes a simple process once you understand how to attune yourself to your bodies natural sleeping pattern. Below I share my own struggles to sleep and the solutions I found arising out of this struggle.

When I researched the internet for tips on sleeping, most of them seemed to focus on external factors like, for example, changing the food and drinks you take, not taking a nap or kicking your wife or husband out of the bedroom for snoring. With me, however, the problem was nearly always internal. I’d be lying in the bed and…

I would start thinking about the day. One thought would lead to another and before I knew it the family, my work and the world situations were all in the bed beside me and I lay wide awake. I knew I had to start from within.

I first tried to direct my thoughts to pleasant and serene locations but then a remembered slight would resurface and within seconds I was planning revenge on my enemies. Wide awake!

Next I decided to stop thinking altogether and empty my mind. This presumed, of course, that I was master of my own thoughts. Well, I was quickly dis-invested of this little conceit when my mind started a long rumination on the pros and cons of having an empty mind and how easy or difficult it would be to achieve it. Wide awake!!

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OK. I threw in the towel and sought help. The first port of call was an instructor on meditation. I was given my own mantra and instructed on how to better relate to my wandering mind. Give up efforts to control it and strike a detached, observing stance. If I notice that I am following the thoughts, then gently let them go and return to the mantra.
I followed this up with readings on relaxation techniques and exercises that helped me to gradually become more attuned to my body – its rhythms and fluctuations. This produced a shift in the relationship. I became less the master and more curious pupil.

I began to notice that, left to its own devices, my body knew exactly when and how to eat, rest, be active and, importantly, sleep. I learned that sleeping involves a four stage process, moving from quiet wakefulness at stage 1, through slow wave sleep, ending with REM sleep — the stage when we dream. The beginning was usually where I experienced difficulties especially on nights when I took unfinished business to bed with me. There I was, working at finishing off my wife with a compelling counter argument and, in the process, sabotaging what my body was trying to do. It was gently winding down internal processes and there I was flooding my system with adrenaline as I was mentally preparing for ‘fight or flight’.

So, I made up my mind to use my new resources and I established a nightly internal routine. When my thoughts began to race I mentally stepped back and gently but firmly reminded myself that my current task was not to sort out the world’s problems (that could wait until tomorrow) but rather to sleep. I then began the task of checking out where any tension points were and relaxing them, thereby allying myself with my body’s natural preparations. Finally I begin to repeat my mantra internally and, almost without fail, I drifted off to sleep in no time. The more I practiced the routine the easier and more effective it became, always producing a good night’s sleep.

Please feel free to use any or all of the tips above if they sound helpful. Pleasant dreams!

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If you experience severe difficulties in getting to sleep, it’s useful to know that it may be a sign of unresolved trauma. Falling asleep involves, of course, a process of surrendering, letting go, and requires a good degree of internal feelings of security. After all, being fast asleep places us in a very vulnerable position and this can trigger deep anxiety and stress. To find out more about trauma and its resolution, visit my site at

patrickcounselling.com

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