Stop Worrying And Go To 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 brain and your body.
Tens of millions of people have insomnia and other sleep issues. It is extremely common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all. This may often be due to a person’s mind continuing to focus (at high speed) on problems rather than 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 at an extremely high level, always, all day long. By 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night as my mind was 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 function at work at the necessary high level. If this continued, I would not be able to perform my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I needed to get more sleep.
As soon as I realized it was my head that was keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I had to do something about it. How did I solve the issue? What I did was make a bargain with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I would take all my problems, worries and anxieties out of my brain 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, put them back in my mind, and my mind could start spinning and racing and worrying all over again. After a few nights of trying this it started to work. I fooled my brain. I trained my brain. Now, when it was time to go to sleep, I was able to lay down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. This was decades ago and ever since that time, when I get into bed, I put down my troubles. And have no trouble going to sleep at night.
Additionally, I heard 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 is time to go to sleep, the day is finished. Place your worries down. When day is done and it’s 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 beside your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t 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 worries on a piece of paper and physically put them in the box. And, in the morning, you can once more pick them up. Or not.
Any color. It may help if the box has a lid and you may leave it open to readily put in your worries, problems and anxieties. No, it doesn’t have to be a massive box. Unless you have a LOT of worries.

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