Getting sleep is one thing, but getting deep sleep is a whole other ballgame. If you’re waking up tired every morning and remain exhausted throughout the day, you probably aren’t sleeping well. Wellness Journal magazine gives three tips to have a deep sleep. Continue reading to learn more.
“Use a visualization”
“When you imagine something, your body produces the same physiological response as if you were actually experiencing it.” This is why we must try our best to squelch our anxiety-inducing thoughts, specifically in the evenings. The more anxious we are, the more adrenaline rushes through our veins, and the faster our heart beats. The good thing is that visualizations work the other way, too! You can visualize yourself sleeping well, and your body will begin to relax. Focusing on all of your senses, practicing mindfulness, and relaxing your body will help you to fall into a deep, restful sleep.
“Label your thoughts”
Often, we have thoughts that are so obtrusive we cannot get them out of our heads. They repeat themselves and get louder and louder. One way you can take control of your thoughts is to label them. “If the same worrisome thought keeps coming up, give it a name. Next time it pops into your mind, greet it.” Then, you can say hello and let it go. “The aim is to distance yourself from your thoughts, and to deflate their emotional power by responding to them more positively.” Remember: you are not your thoughts.
Change your story
If we are having trouble sleeping, we often go around telling people how tired we are or how hard it was to fall asleep last night. There’s a trick: the more you agree with this thought, the more it will persist. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. “You’re training your brain that sleep is something difficult, causing you to doubt your natural ability to fall asleep. Stop thinking of yourself as an insomniac, and avoid talking about your lack of sleep.” Instead, try to think of the times lately that you have slept well. Make that your self-fulfilling prophecy.
Arbor Behavioral Healthcare can help you to get a good night’s sleep and better your recovery. Call us today at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you!