We have all been there. Those dreaded nights in bed staring at the ceiling. The tossing and turning, mind racing, staring at the clock every 5 minutes and hoping by some miracle we can fall asleep. According to the CDC, about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Lack of sleep is associated with injuries, chronic diseases, mental illnesses, poor quality of life and well-being, increased health care costs, and lost work productivity.
Sleep is a natural process so it should be as easy as 1-2-3 and off to dreamland, right? Well, not exactly. When you are lying in bed and can’t fall asleep, it’s inevitable that negative and anxious thoughts will start to creep in. This is when we become our own worst enemy. These restless thoughts in turn make us restless and the cycle of thinking about sleep makes it that much harder to fall asleep.
Many of us have heard of the usual tips to fall asleep, like cutting out caffeine, counting sheep and even wearing a sleep mask. What isn’t as talked about or as known is trying an approach rooted in mindfulness strategies. So in simple terms, mindfulness means working with your thoughts rather than against them. Mindfulness is a great tool and can work wonders when it comes to helping you calm down from an anxious state in order to get the sleep you need. Take a look at these innovative and profound tips from On Stride that will help you inhale peace, exhale tension and fall asleep naturally sans stress.