How can I stop my brain from wandering about at night?

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Last Updated: 09/03/2018 at 4:15pm
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Anonymous
January 15th, 2015 2:40am
At night when I can't sleep, I use a technique that I learned in a stress relieving/ yoga class. You start at your feet and relax every muscle in your feet and make them feel as heavy as steel. You move up your body, guiding yourself and concentrating on the task at hand. When you finish your whole body, you should feel more relaxed and focused.
KevinL43
February 17th, 2015 7:08pm
I'd suggest maybe having something to drink beforehand, either water or maybe warm milk (unless you're lactose intolerant). I've noticed that laying on my right side looking to the side helps a lot, I don't know why, but it works.
Ky23
September 3rd, 2018 4:15pm
A few things to help you fall asleep: Temperature (a colder environment helps the production of melatonin at night, a hormone that helps regulate sleep). Lights (Blue light from our phones and computers helps to keep us awake, so make sure you power those off 30 mins to an hour before bedtime... low light is best). Caffeine (Don't drink that past lunchtime as that stimulant can lead to insomnia and it's effects last for about 4-6 hours). Counting (This idea was very boring to me at first, but that's exactly why it works... eventually my mind grows restless from counting from 1-100 and 100-1). Scents (I like to put oils on my wrists and neck or light candles before bedtime, a relaxing or comforting scent does wonders). Routine (Try to keep a routine, read before bed, brush your teeth,pack a lunch, etc. all within a certain time period so that your body becomes accustomed to this routine and you aren't rushing around trying to do something when your body is saying "It's time for bed!"). Those are just a few of my tips-and feel free to message me with anymore questions you might have. I'm not an expert, but as someone who as struggled to sleep for years, today I have a much better grasp on what helps get my body to sleep.
Anonymous
April 3rd, 2015 2:33pm
Some meditative technique might help. A Mindfulness exercise or self-hypnosis also works. Or simply listening to some calm and soothing music before bedtime.
youarebeautifull
May 22nd, 2015 10:21am
A good guide is our 7 cups of tea how to sleep well guide: https://www.7cups.com/sleeping-well/ Enjoy xoxo.
comfortingSound30
June 23rd, 2015 11:53pm
Imagine a lotus flower growing and decreasing in size in accordance with your breathing. breathe accordingly.
awkwardaardvark
July 8th, 2015 12:55am
If you've never tried meditation, I would highly recommend it. Sit down or lay down in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and banish all thoughts that come to your head. A monotonous, repetetive thought can be of help in this; I usually think something as simple as the words "Don't think," over and over. Just clear away all the clutter and enjoy the feeling. I usually pass straight from meditation over to sleep; but even when I don't, it's helpful. It relaxes the mind and the body entirely, and there's nothing better than relaxation to promote a restful night. Another suggestion I have is actually quite the contrary to meditation; exercise. Exercise before bed, and take a very hot shower, as hot as you can stand. This takes away your energy and then relaxes you immediately thereafter. Both of these methods have helped me greatly in different situations.
Anonymous
September 8th, 2015 2:32pm
Simply let these random thoughts pass by while trying to empty my mind with the help of a mindfulness app.
Anonymous
December 14th, 2015 12:56am
might sound crazy, but for me i just picture total darkness. just black. block out every thought that comes to mind, and concentrate on blackness
summernightdaze
May 24th, 2016 6:23pm
I've realized that night is when my brain wanders the most, the great thing is that it's easy to be conscious about it. I usually try to focus on my breathe, and direct my thoughts to more sleeping and relaxing which sometimes helps. A great way is a breathing method where you count your breaths (inhale + exhale = 1 breath): it ends up calming your body and puts your mind more to sleep.
Ghost0fNightmares
June 7th, 2016 12:20pm
Distract yourself before you go to sleep make sure you tell your brain and let yourself know its time to go to bed now. A glass of warm milk is also great!