posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 11:09 PM
I normally fall asleep pretty easily. I lay on my right side and think about something specific. For example, I have been coming up with ideas for a
bit of fiction that I'd like to write. So I will play out pieces of the plot in my mind. Pretty soon I am sleeping.
However, there are occasions when I struggle to sleep, an hour goes by and I'm still tossing and turning without feeling tired at all. For the
longest time I was unable to deal with it except by waiting it out. Then I tried something different, and it works for me. Maybe it will for you as
Find a comfortable position, such as one you've regularly fallen asleep in before. Relax. I mean relax completely, and focus on doing so. Make sure
things such as your mouth, jaw, tongue, neck, and face are relaxed. Once you're fully relaxed, think about something peaceful and serene, something
that you can picture in your mind. Perhaps it is an experience from your past, or something from a book. As you're imagining that, concentrate on
your breathing. You want to breathe slow and easy. Let your body slow down while your mind is dwelling on peaceful, relaxing thoughts. I found that
the key seemed to be working on my breathing. Once I was able to slow my heart rate (or at least it seemed that way), I could relax and stop tossing
and turning in my bed. Sleep came shortly after that.
This may not help, but I wanted to throw it out there because it has helped me when I am restless even though the clock says it's well past my
bedtime. I do hope you find something that allows you to get regular, reliable sleep.