How to Cure Insomnia through Mindset Shifts
I used to do a lot of in-person facilitation (whole day) and always the night before, I couldn’t sleep. I was worried I couldn’t sleep and that I would wake up tired, so guess what… I couldn’t sleep and would wake up tired. The more I thought about it, the more stressed I became and the worse it got.
Can you relate? Do you have an important presentation tomorrow in front of your company’s board of directors or your peers? This could be a career-maker presentation for you. So, what kind of scenarios would you experience the night before that all-important event?
Would your body and mind will be calm, relaxed, and you will slowly drift off to sleep and wake up energized the following day?
Or, when bedtime approaches, your body gets tensed, your mind starts receiving weird thoughts, and
anxiety kicks in all of a sudden. You try to sleep, but your mind shifts your focus on unsorted issues. You want to give your mind a shut-up call, but you end up tossing and turning in your bed. Resultantly, you wake up with puffy eyes, a confused mind, and an exhausted body.
So, what sort of a person are you?
We know the second scenario fits most of us. We get all tensed up before any momentous occasion, activity, or challenging issue. But have you noticed that the difference in your appearance and energy levels was because of just one thing- your mindset?
Well, believe it or not, most of the time, your mindset is responsible for transforming you into an insomniac or a natural sleeper. When you deal with insomnia, you will experience cognitive delays, which will force you to act impulsively in any given situation, whether professional or social.
You won’t remain articulate, aware and on the ball, as sleep deprivation will hinder your creativity leading to cognitive blocks. What’s worse than that? A restless night will cause anxiety, which will make you irritable. The work you have enjoyed for so long will suddenly turn into a battlefield. You will be fighting against your low energy levels, frustration, and untimely anger outbursts on a daily basis. The bottom line is that you will be exhausted to no ends. That’s not how you want to live your life. Right?
We know it already, and that’s why we have discovered a way to help you overcome insomnia or any other sleep-related problem and be the real you every day for the rest of your life. That magic trick is a mindset shift. But, before we dive into the main issue at hand, let’s understand how much sleep you require every day.
How much sleep is adequate?
Insomnia prevents you from falling or staying asleep. For you to be officially declared an insomniac, you must have spent three sleepless nights in a week for at least three months in a row.
To keep our bodies energized and help them stay alert throughout the day, every adult individual requires around 6 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. However, please keep in mind that the number of sleep hours is unrelated to insomnia. It is the restlessness and frequent interruptions that actually define insomnia. If you felt fatigued during the day, you might not have received adequate sleep. And if you feel energetic, t
his means you got sufficient sleep the night before.
Importance of Restful Sleep
Quality sleep is essential for our well-being. Its benefits go well beyond physical health as it helps us develop and strengthen a progressive mindset, which is crucial for reaching our max potential. It may seem easy to avoid sleep for work or studies. Research suggests that adequate rest can improve our learning capabilities and skill development.
A study published in the Scientific Reports journal, the correlation between sleep and the school performance of students was examined. Researchers concluded that those students who experienced irregular sleep schedules received low grades. On the other hand, a gradual increase in sleep caused substantial improvement in their GPA.
So, consistent quality and restful sleep enable your mind and body to function appropriately and absorb new information effectively. This helps you become more competent, proving that intelligence is flexible and you can change it through your actions determined by your mindset.
What Not to Do When Experiencing Insomnia?
There is a plethora of medicinal sleep aids available since as far back as the 1960s. Usually, to cure sleeplessness, sleep-inducing medications turn out to be the first treatment choice. Medicines like Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata. Most of us overlook that it is almost impossible to design a sleeping pill that can reverse its action in the morning. So, you will always feel a hangover effect in the day.
The FDA already warned people in 2007 about using sleeping pills as these causes them to do weird things such as sleep-driving. In 2014, the FDA alerted people who used sleeping pills about next-day impairments from some of these sleep aids. The side effects of sleeping pills are well documented, and that’s why sleep experts consider it a passé as a first-line treatment.
How Mindset helps You Overcome Insomnia
Have you ever thought about where do these ideas come from? Well, usually, these pop up just like that, out of nowhere, but if we look deeper, it becomes evident that these stem from a habitual mindset that prowls deep within our unconscious minds. We know that worrying or negative thoughts can easily disrupt our sleep and initiate the vicious cycle of sleep anxiety.
So, what is a mindset? It is merely a collection of beliefs and ideas about life and the way it works. These beliefs/ideas have gotten established long ago and have become habitual, but we aren’t actually aware of them and the way they influence our thinking patterns and feelings every day. These ideas/beliefs will stay in our unconscious mind unless we change them to cure sleeplessness. It would help if you implemented a change in your mindset.
Feed your brain positive, progressive thoughts constantly. Such as telling yourself every day that sleeping well will help you be more energized the next day. Keep the mindset idea a bit generalized. For instance, tell yourself that you must feel good to function appropriately, or feeling bad will affect your health negatively.
Remember that mindset can produce negative thoughts and feelings at times, but these often cause repetitive ways of thinking in certain situations. Mindset basically determines how we view ourselves, our surroundings, and the world and decide how we perceive our ability to adapt, create, learn, change, and deal with issues.
How Can You Change Your Mindset?
If you often think about things while lying in bed, it is easier for these thoughts to spiral out of control, and you’ll find yourself unable to shut them off. They will keep you awake all night long and prevent you from enjoying a relaxed and sound sleep. In order to change your mindset to deal with sleeplessness, it is essential to follow these tips. These will help you change your mindset and positively transform your thoughts and ideas.
Go To Bed in a Relaxed Manner
Even if you don’t feel calm and relaxed, try to prevent your mind from focusing on it and avoid thinking about how the day went by, relationship issues, or workplace challenges. Just let go.
Put Your Life on Standby
You must learn to put your day in particular and life in general on a standby mode when bedtime. Don’t let your bedtime become a life planning session. While trying to sleep, you should create a soothing environment. That’s possible only if you leave your day behind and look forward to just one thing- a sound and refreshing sleep. Keep in mind that your brain must stay relaxed to sleep well, and thinking about issues forces it to enter a problem-solving model that prevents us from sleeping.
If Restless, Have a Bath
If you are restless and find yourself fidgeting and getting stressed, try a warm bath. The change in scenery helps refocus your attention and the warm water (Epsom salts help too) relax your muscles.
Maintain a Sleep Diary
If too many thoughts disturb you while trying to sleep, the good idea is to transfer them onto paper. It is a tried-and-tested technique to reduce anxiety. Journaling is one of the best ways to store your thoughts and ideas for the morning and help yourself forget about them, at least for the night. When your mind knows that the problems are safely stored, and you can easily access them in the morning, it won’t bring them up repeatedly in the night.
So, that’s how you can transform yourself for the better and improve your sleep routine. Start believing in the power of the mind and the control you can exert on your mindset to bring forth positive changes in your health and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Be patient as this can take time, but so well worth it. I have turned my insomnia into a wonderful nightly routine of sleep. It’s not perfect, but I have reduced the stress and worry of not sleeping well into a mindset of tonight I am calm and relaxed when I sleep.
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