to help you sleep when you can’t
What to do when jangled nerves keep you awake and you just can’t get to sleep? Sometimes this happens to me in the middle of the night which can mean staying awake for several hours no matter how tired I am.
What works for me is to meditate. I’ve found that about 20 minutes of meditation while lying down in bed is the right amount; shorter doesn’t seem to work. I’m not trying to sleep but am meditating and, as usual, have a timer set to let me know when time is up.
After meditation my mind is always much calmer. This allows me to naturally fall asleep within 5-10 minutes without seriously trying. I was already tired and once the nervous jangle is gone sleep comes easily.
I’ve also tried meditating when sick in bed. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, probably because it is daytime and I’m not tired. If it doesn’t work I will meditate again later, typically 3-5 times/day when sick and have nothing better to do.
This may not work if you’ve never practiced meditation before … but it sure does for me. That may be why you should learn to meditate too. 🙂