I'm not kidding. I almost named this "I sleep with a lot of people" which although not totally appropriate I found to be really funny.
I cannot tell you how many different emails or comments I have gotten from listeners saying "I fall asleep with you ever night." Or "I play your podcast while I'm in my bed" Or "Your voice is NyQuil."
So that is where my bad joke comes from. I have decided that I am apparently sleeping with a ton of people every night!
This week's episode of Mindful in Minutesis a sleep meditation. I did a poll on instagram to choose this week's topic and you overwhelming chose sleep. Apparently we are really struggling to fall asleep and our minds are keeping us busy.
And I have to be honest with you. This week I have been waking up in the middle of the night and can't fall back asleep because I am worrying about all sorts of silly things. I think about the emails I should have responded to, my vlog deadlines, inquires that I have for projects, filling up my retreats, reminding myself that I should call that friend I haven't heard from in a while, and a million other things.
It's like my brain is just spinning, and spinning, and spinning and I can't turn it off. Does this ever happen to you? It's super frustrating.
I have always considered sleep to be the first line of sight into how I am doing mentally, emotionally, and physically. When things are going well and are in balance I sleep wonderful, but then things become imbalanced and stress, worry, and the million other things life sends my way creep, my sleep begins to suffer.
I wake up in the middle of the night worrying, or I can't fall asleep, or wake up at 4am and think well, my alarm is going to do off at 5:30 anyways so I should just get up now. I don't have time for sleep.
Am I alone? Anyone else have these problems?
I am guess no since 100s of you voted for a sleep meditation for this week!
So what do I do? One of the first things I do is use the exact sleep meditation that I recorded for you this week to help me fall asleep. Then if I wake up in the middle of the night I use the mantra "Now is the time for sleep. Everything I need to do will be there tomorrow."
Then in the morning I will wake up and ask myself, ok what is really keeping me up and night and dig deeper into what might be bothering me and take actions steps that day to start fixing it, and I keep working on that until my sleep starts to improve.
That's it. That's how I deal with sleep troubles. It's not very complex, it isn't hard, but it is so effective!
On this week's vlog I talk about how I use sleep as a guide for my wellbeing, what was keep my up this week, and how you can start sleeping better tonight.
I wish you a wonderful, and restful evening! Kelly