How to sleep faster

I can’t sleep

I have found the cure to fall asleep (for me anyways).

Hotel bedHave you ever gone to bed at night and just can’t go to sleep? You are very tired, but not sleepy.  Or you wake up at 2am and can’t fall back to sleep?

Yes, I think everyone has trouble sleeping at some time. A person can be very tired and want to sleep, but when they go to bed they can’t.  It’s especially frustrating when you know you have to get up early the next morning to work or take the kids to school.

I know there are thousands of articles on how to sleep faster or better. Drinking different kinds of teas, taking a hot bath, reading a book, listening to peaceful music… There are numerous off the counter and doctor prescribed sleep medications.

Many of these tips are probably helpful, and I’ve tried most of them.

Recently, I found the cure for me. No, it’s not counting sheep, but somewhat similar. Many of us go to bed and can’t shut off our brain. We start thinking of the day’s activities, money, work, kids, cars, etc. The idea of counting sheep or reciting the alphabet backwards forces our brain away from worries that may work for some people.

Fall to sleep

OK, I want you to picture in your mind a big school classroom blackboard (or green board). You are sitting in the class and staring at this board. There is nothing on this board. There is no chalk writing. NOTHING.
You are the only one in the room.

Within seconds your mind will start drifting to tomorrow’s chores or money problems. Stop, focus on that empty blackboard. Don’t let anything else in your mind except that empty blackboard.  Again STOP, focus on nothing.

If I totally concentrate on “nothing”, I will fall to sleep. It’s almost like magic.  All of a sudden I wake up and realize I have been sleeping.  Go ahead try it tonight, but it takes real concentration. It works for me.

Sometimes I write a post on this blog that has nothing to do with online marketing. Yes, this article might help you get a better sleep and thus more alert in your business tomorrow. But actually it’s good practice for all my readers to create content for their blogs. I always use the 80/20 rule on social media and my blogs. Eighty percent relevant content and twenty percent advertising with a few personal articles now and then.  Let readers see the human side of you.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional in any way, these tips are just from my own experiences that help me fall to sleep.

Now back to my regular scheduled program.
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