Stop Worrying And Go To Sleep At Night

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You need enough sleep in order to function and in order to restore and rejuvenate your mind and your body.
Tens of millions of people have insomnia and other sleep issues. Stress, worry and fear can be major contributors to sleep (and non-sleep) problems. It is very common that people toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep in any way. This may often be attributed to one’s mind continuing to focus (at high speed) on issues instead of shutting down at night and resting.
When I was in my 20’s, and a money market trader on Wall Street, I had the exact same issue. I had a job that required me to work in an extremely high level, always, all day long. By 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night as my mind was still racing, reviewing the day’s work (and difficulties ) and planning the next day’s work (and difficulties ). The lack of sleep began to interfere with my ability to work at work at the required high level. If this continued, I would not be able to do my job effectively and that I would soon be tired, and fired. I needed to get more sleep.
When I realized that it was my head that has been keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I needed 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 problems, worries and anxieties from my mind and put them down on the nightstand beside my bed. I promised my mind that all my troubles, worries and fears 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 brain, 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 brain. I trained my brain. Now, when it was time to go to sleep, I managed to lay down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. That 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.
Additionally, I learned something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night vanished or lessened when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the morning after.
When it’s time to go to sleep, the day is finished. Place your worries down. When day is done and it is time for sleep, there’s nothing more you can actually do right now about your existing problems, worries and fears. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you want, put an empty box beside your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t worry, all your problems, worries and fears will still be there in the morning. Or not.
And, if you wish, you can even write down your worries on a piece of paper and put them in the box. And, in the morning, you can once again pick them up. Or not.
Any color. It may help if the box has a lid and you can leave it open to readily put in your worries, problems and anxieties. No, it does not have to be a massive box. Unless you have a LOT of worries.

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