I don't know about you, but when I'm trying to fall asleep, my mind likes to think about ALL THE THINGS. Anyone else?
I contemplate whether or not every action I made that day was the best one. I work through another scene in a story I'm working on. I remember things I forgot to do earlier that day. I consider craft ideas for Bible class or preschool. I hold imaginary conversations. You get the idea.
I have always had problems being able to relax and go to sleep quickly. My dad used to come in each night and rub my back for a few minutes, trying to help me unwind and drift off. But, of course, it's been years since I've had that privilege.
I have noticed something that helps, though. I'm mostly a side-sleeper, and have a bad tendency to fist my hands when I'm lying that way. When I notice it, I force my fingers to relax and spread out again, letting go of the tension I was holding there. And then, usually a few minutes later, I'm asleep.
In some ways, I guess it's like I"m holding onto all my worries and problems and struggles. But when I open my hands and put them back where they're supposed to be (in much more capable hands), they no longer have the power to keep me awake.
Don't get me wrong, it doesn't always work. But it always helps.
Do you have a similar problem? What's a trick you've used? Have you checked to see if your hands are fisted?
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