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Posts Tagged ‘insomnia’

Fear-Less

Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2019

I could have sworn I posted about this ages ago. I vaguely remember typing something up. I think the name had stopped me from posting about it in the past. Everyone I tell about it comments something to the effect, “Well, I’m not AFRAID.” So, I think the name is really off-putting. It could be some people might not equate being unable to fall asleep with “fear, anxiety, or panic”. I don’t know many people that want to admit feeling those things. And when we are unable to fall asleep we might not think of it as fear or anxiety or panic. Often times people just say they “can’t turn off their brain.” But to me that equates to anxiety. I am anxious that I didn’t get all that I wanted to get done that day. Or I am anxious about all that I have to do tomorrow. Anyway . . . I don’t like the name . . . I wish they would change it. I feel that they might get more people purchasing it if they gave it a different name. (But, really, I don’t know how many people DO purchase it, so that is a silly thought on my part!) I am talking about Fear-Less. It is a formula made from flowers from Flower Essence Services.

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Sometimes I just have a lot on my mind or I am not really that tired, but I know that I have to go to bed because I have to get up early the next morning. I just use a few squirts of this. Or sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and an idea pops into my head and I could easily just start to choreograph a dance or plan a routine, but I know I should just go back to sleep, so I just spray some of it in my mouth. You can take it orally or spray it on you or around you, like on your pillow and sheets.

There are many reasons one might want to simply want to feel a little more calm . . . this might be something that could help*. It works for me.

Do you have any remedies for trouble falling asleep?  Or any remedies to help you feel more calm?

 

*Keep in mind this site/post makes no medical claims. Anything you read here is NOT medical advice. I am simply sharing what works for ME. I am sharing so that you can be made aware of something that you may not have been aware of and it is your responsibility to consult your medical professional/health care provider in deciding what is right for you. No information on this site should be relied upon to determine anything related to your health and well-being. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice.

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Getting To Sleep

Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I seem to use the time after I get in bed before I fall asleep to think about all that I have to do the next day.  I lie there and prepare my to-do list.  Often times it has “roll-over” stuff.  Stuff that I didn’t finish during the current day so I need to roll it over onto the next day’s to-do list.  Sometimes my to-do list includes grocery shopping so then I might be mentally preparing a grocery shopping list.  Sometimes my to-do list includes learning or doing a Nia routine . . . so then I am thinking about that.  Sometimes the schedule of the day might include writing a blog post so then my mind goes into what-to-write-mode.  As you can imagine with all that planning other things pop into my head too.  Planning of menus might turn into reminders that I need to contact a friend to make plans for lunch or dinner.  Thoughts of a Nia routine might have my mind wandering to that song I heard on the radio earlier in the day . . . what was it?  Coming up with an idea for a blog post can have my thoughts all over the place.  While this might seem very productive . . . . all this thinking and planning . . . it is not because I am in bed and I should be going to sleep.  I recently read something about what productive people do that helped me get to sleep.

Nia, Nia Classes, YMCA, City of San Jose, Yoga, I can’t even remember where I read it, but it was a list of things successful and productive people do.  Ya know, the usually list that includes “have your staff do all the things you would like to get off your plate.”  Yeah, ok.  Well, in addition to the things on the list for people WITH staff there were a few things that people without staff could do.  One of them, of course, was make a list of things you need to do.  Well, I think we are all familiar with that.  In fact I have a lot of lists.  And as I said, one of the things I do when I am supposed to be going to sleep is mentally move the things from my current to-do list onto the next day’s to-do list.  But – to me – the key thing the article said about the to-do list was to let is be a tool to let you concentrate.  Allow the list to take all the things you have to do out of your head so you can concentrate on the one thing you are doing at the moment.

Well, I have never used a to-do list like that . . . exactly . . . that I am aware of . . . but maybe . . . it sounds right, right?  Sometimes I think I fret over my to-do list, but perhaps, sometimes I do allow it to help me concentrate.  But one night I was so busy mentally reviewing my to-do list as I laid in bed needing to go to sleep, I thought, what if write it down right now?  Yes, I do have a to-do list on my desk, but what if I write down all my thoughts now so I can get them out of my head.  So I did.  Some of the things I wrote down weren’t even necessarily “to-do” items, they were just thoughts.  But I needed to get to sleep and not think about them so I jotted them down too.

I liked it.  It worked.  I bet this is not new to many of you.  As I said to-do lists are not new to me, but writing it down to empty my thoughts right before I go to sleep was new to me.  I hadn’t thought of doing that before.  Especially because I have a to-do list.  But when I go to bed and start reviewing it, that is not helpful.  So re-writing it and any thoughts that interrupt my relaxation really helped me.

Do you have to-do lists?  Do you have trouble falling asleep?  Do you feel you think too much about too much when you should be sleeping?  Have you ever wrote your thoughts down to help you fall asleep?  Do you think this might help you fall asleep? 

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