Don’t worry, sleep

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You need enough sleep. You need enough sleep so as to function and so as to restore and rejuvenate your mind and your body.
Tens of millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems. Stress, worry and fear can be major contributors to sleep (and non-sleep) problems. It is very common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep in any way. This may often be due to one’s mind continuing to focus (at top speed) on problems rather than shutting down at night and resting. I had a job that required me to work in an extremely high level, continually, all day long. From 7AM to 7PM. I couldn’t go to sleep at night as my mind was still racing, reviewing the day’s work (and problems) and planning the next day’s work (and difficulties ). The lack of sleep started to interfere with my ability to work at work at the required high level. If this continued, I wouldn’t be able to do my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I had to get more sleep.
When I realized it was my head that was keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I had to do something about it. What did I do? How can I solve the problem? What I did was make a bargain with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I’d take all my troubles, worries and anxieties from my mind and put them down on the nightstand next to my bed. I promised my brain that all my troubles, worries and anxieties would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I’d pick all my problems off the nightstand, place them back in my mind, and my brain could begin spinning and rushing and worrying all over again. After a few nights of trying this it began to work. I fooled my mind. I trained my brain. But when it was time to go to sleep, I was able to lay down, put my troubles and worries and anxieties aside, and go to sleep. And in the morning, I was refreshed and ready to face the day. This was decades ago and ever since that time, when I get into bed, I lay down my troubles. And have no trouble going to sleep at night.
In addition, I discovered something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night disappeared or diminished when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the morning after.
When it is time to go to sleep, the day is finished. Put your worries down. When day is done and it is time for sleep, there is nothing more you can actually do right now about your present problems, worries and fears. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you want, put an empty box next to your bed to put your problems in at night. Do not worry, all of your problems, worries and anxieties will still be there in the morning. Or not. Meanwhile, you can go to sleep.
And, if you wish, you can even write down your concerns on a piece of paper and physically put them in the box. Or not. Any color. It may help if the box has a lid and you can leave it open to easily put in your worries, problems and anxieties. No, it does not have to be a massive box. Unless you’ve got a good deal of worries.

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