During my early teens, I forgot how to fall asleep. I would lie awake worrying about something I said that day, or thinking about what I needed to do the next day. Sometimes I was just excited about a project and couldn't relax. Other times I was anxious and tense.
I started taking sleeping pills. These helped on the first night I took them, but I would wake up feeling groggy. On the second night, they made no difference at all. So I bought different brands and types and alternated them. Yet I still lay awake for hours each night.
One night, I was worrying about a job interview I had the next day. I could feel my heart rate increase more and more, until I worried that I was going to give myself a heart attack (these things always seem more probable in the dark!). I realised I needed to calm myself down and quickly. I mentally scanned for the most relaxing thought I could muster.
I remembered how calm I had felt when I was on holiday in Corfu. I focused on remembering every detail. The next thing I knew, I had fallen deep asleep and woken up the next morning. I felt half-human - more refreshed than I had in years. I was hooked.
From then on I chose a relaxing scene or memory which I would focus on that night. I started collecting the scenarios that worked - along with any practical tips that helped, too. Over the next ten years, I refined my list of sleep tactics.
Those tactics form the basis of my new book, ‘Go To Sleep: Peaceful Thoughts for Active Minds’ (link in bio). It contains everything you need to learn how to fall asleep again - easily and naturally. It’s full of muted, sleep-friendly colours and beautiful illustrations by the amazing Sophie Carpenter. It's the book that would've helped me ten years ago.
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