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Stop Nighttime “Monkey Mind” and Sleep Better

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A few weeks ago I posted an article about the health risks associated with not getting enough sleep (Click here to read the article).   According to the article you should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Frequently my clients tell me they have difficulty sleeping because they cannot stop thinking.    Their racing thoughts keep them awake or wake them up and won’t let them get back to sleep.

We all have times when our “monkey mind” keeps us from getting the sleep we need.   So, what can you do when this happens to you?

The first tip I give my clients is to eliminate all electronic interference at least 1 hour before bed.  This means turning off your phone, iPad, and TV.  Email, texts, and negative news stories can get you into a state of anxiety and stress making it harder to relax and let go into sleep.

Next, I suggest they take a pad of paper to bed and before they settle down to sleep, write down all of their thoughts and ideas.  This technique allows you to purge your mind.  Write down thoughts and ideas as they come to you.  Do not worry about making it neat and organized, just write.  Clarifying and organizing can come in the morning.  Once you have all of the thoughts written down, it’s LIGHTS OUT!  Put down the pad, turn off the light, and settle down to sleep.  Should you wake up in the middle of the night with your mind buzzing, take a few moments to add to your “journal”.

These techniques won’t help all of the time, but they are a good start to ensuring you sleep tight.

If you have any tips for reducing nighttime “monkey mind” feel free to comment below!

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