Mindful Monday no. 77 – How to Get to Sleep When You’re Feeling Stressed

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“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

Ah, sleep! Why is it that so many of us can’t seem to get enough, even though we need it so badly? A good night’s sleep restores our energy and gives us what we need to manage the obstacles that come our way. Unfortunately, when challenges in our life mound, it can make it harder to get the sleep we need. This can start an unhealthy cycle that can be tricky to break!

We’ve written about tips for a good night’s sleep, sleep rituals, and a sleep meditation on the blog before, and all are worth reviewing to build your self-care toolkit to help you get the shut eye you need.

Today we’re offering tips for what to do when you’re under stress and need to get some sleep! Take a look below for some ideas.

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Make a worry script. Sometimes getting your fears out of your mind and on to paper can help settle your mind and body, so you can put them aside and allow yourself to fall asleep.

Eat a banana. Lacy Phillips recommends chowing down on the fruit when you’re having trouble sleeping to fill you up and reap the benefits of its “generous amounts of magnesium, potassium, and tryptophan content.”

Move your body. The racing feelings of stress can settle in your head, chest, and stomach. Sometimes the best way to shake them off is to get moving! You do not have to run a marathon. Try dancing in your living room to a favourite song, or going for a brisk walk around the neighbourhood. Warning: exercise can be energizing! Schedule in movement at least two hours before going to sleep.

Call a friend. Talking to someone you trust to be a good listener can also help you unload your worries so you can lie down with a clear head.

What do you do when you’re having trouble sleeping? We’d love to hear from you!

Cassandra Van Dyck

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