When counting sheep doesn’t help

I don’t know if it was the full moon earlier this week, but not even counting sheep helped me sleep!

Most nights I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. But this week, although I went to sleep easily, I found myself being quite restless through the night and waking up at around at 3am, wide awake and unable to fall back to sleep. Maybe it’s the fact I’ve got a lot on my mind, or it’s the full moon effect, but damn, it was so frustrating!

I’m normally a pretty good sleeper. I love my sleep and to be at my best I need a minimum seven hours sleep, which if I go to bed at the right time, I have no problems getting. So having a week of disrupted sleep has really affected my mojo!

I know a few nights of restless sleep is nothing for those that suffer chronic insomnia, and I am not comparing what I have experienced to what you do. I started this blog to write about what I am feeling, and I’m feeling tired.

Insomnia is a glamorous term for thoughts you forgot to have in the day

I read this quote today and it got me thinking. Like most people, my mind is on 110% during the day. Although I don’t have children, I have a demanding job that I am passionate about and take seriously. So maybe at the moment my mind is getting some rest at night and then waking me up to think about all those other things I didn’t have time to think about during the day.

I have started to practice mindfulness again after a bit of a break. I’m completing practices in the morning, mid to late afternoon, and trying to practice before bed as well. It requires discipline though, but when I practice I see the difference it makes. Which at the moment is all the motivation I need.

So in addition to mindfulness, here is some advice I’m taking onboard. I thought I would share with you also in case you need some help getting a good nights sleep and kicking insomnia in the butt!

  1. Be mindful and complete practices that work for you
  2. Have a regular sleep pattern
  3. Wind down before bed and minimise ‘screen’ time an hour before bedtime
  4. Spend the right amount of time in bed, know how much sleep you need and try not to oversleep
  5. Have the right sleep environment – a comfortable bed, dark room, and the right temperature control
  6. Do your best to minimise alcohol, drugs or nicotine before bed time
  7. Don’t have a clock in your sight, it will help with managing your anxiety levels

And when all else fails… count sheep 🐑 🐑 🐑