How to Practice Being Drowsy

If you're finding it hard to fall asleep, it's possible that you're not feeling drowsy enough to bring about the state of falling asleep. This method allows you to use your mind to help bring on drowsiness, after which falling asleep will be a breeze.

Steps

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    Prepare your room for sleep. Dim the lights, pull back the covers and fix the window covers.
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    Sit somewhere comfortable. It can be your bedroom, or another room in the house. Be sure it is quiet, with low lights, and no loud noise such as TV or music.
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    Think back to a time when you did feel very tired. How did this feel? What did you want to do with your body position? Your head position? Try to recall the exact feelings.
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    Imagine that you're sitting somewhere and you are with friends. Your friends are also very tired; imagine them yawning, half closing their eyes and then imagine more yawns going around the group.
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    Imagine how you're feeling as the yawning happens around you. Join in the yawning yourself.
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    If your eyes want to close, let them. If not, imagine them closing again and again, gently.
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    Keep yawning. Feel the yawn in your throat or jaw. If your mind wanders, look back at your imagined yawning friends.
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    Allow yourself to drift. Let warmth spread through you and feel the drowsiness take hold.
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    Head for bed. By now, drowsiness should have taken hold and you'll be ready to hop straight in.

Things You'll Need

  • Comfortable, peaceful environment

Sources and Citations

  • Adapted from Paul McKenna, I Can Make You Sleep, p. 107, (2009), ISBN 978-0-593-05538-0

Article Info

Categories: Better Sleeping