Take the express train to the Land of Nod tonight. Let your mind drift toward a relaxing scene, like rolling ocean waves, a meandering river, or a field of flowers swaying in the wind. When you picture something soothing — whatever that means for you — you’re more likely to fall asleep within 20 minutes than you are if you engage in the proverbial act of counting sheep. In fact, counting anything (sheep, stars, chocolate chips) can actually make it more difficult to fall asleep quickly. Because it’s duller than watching paint dry, you’ll lose interest before you are fully relaxed! In addition to picturing a bright pink sunset or a starry night to help you nod off, practice good sleep hygiene. That means turning off all electronics at least an hour before bedtime, making sure your room is cool (60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), and keeping the room dark or at least free of blue wavelength lights. Buy a red wavelength nightlight for the bathroom. Your bedroom and bathroom should be red light zones. Try it tonight: Let the sheep wander off and take a trip somewhere peaceful. Bon voyage.
“May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down, tickling your skin and removing every worry.” Jeb Dickerson