Bedtime is one of the few times in the day when some people have quiet time to think. However, when this time is used to solve difficult problems or issues, it can interrupt sleep.
Instead of shutting off at some point, the mind keeps running the problem for the next hour or two, eventually leading to worries about not getting enough sleep.
It's important to set a limit on those diminishing returns. If you feel compelled to devote time in bed thinking about a problem or issue, limit your time to no more than 20 minutes.
If nothing in your life is stressing you and you still can't fall asleep, consider other possibilities such as lack of physical activity during the day or too much physical activity before bed and your consumption of alcohol, caffeine, heavy foods, and sugars.
Keep track of your intake of caffeinated beverages, for example, over a week or two. Notice how the amount you drink, the type of beverage, or the time of day you consume it correlates with your sleeping pattern. Adjust your consumption or habits to alleviate these issues.
Even the energy in your bedroom may impact your sleep, says Feng Shui Master Marie Diamond, whose energy principles support the Paraliminal Meditations of Paul Scheele’s Sonic Access programs in the MINDTRX app.
“Good Feng Shui calms the mind by shifting the frequency of brain waves from beta to the deeper alpha state,” says Marie, creator of the Diamond Feng Shui course.
Enhance the flow of energy to help you sleep and dream with these tips from Marie:
When you have difficulty falling asleep, you can also listen to the Sleep Deeply/Wake Refreshed Paraliminal in the MINDTRX app.
Simply push play, close your eyes, relax, and listen. This closed-eye process activates your "whole mind" with a precise blend of music and words to help you get the most out of every minute.