How to turn off your brain for sleep does not have to be complicated. So as long as you can empower yourself before bedtime, then your mind is not left wondering of all that happened during the day.
Well, let’s see, it’s our thinking which determines how we live our life and sleep. 24/7, we are always thinking about our day, life, family, or whatever else is important to us. The list is endless and inexhaustible and our racing thoughts have a lot do with that.
Because our mind is fashioned to receive, store as well as process different kinds of information daily. Such knowledge comes from our life experiences of fear, anxiety, anger, joy, happiness.
Why Should You Turn Your Mind Off For Sleep
If you don’t turn your mind off for sleep, most likely, stress will build-up, and this can lead to stress-induced nightmares. I know for myself, as soon as I feel it’s getting near bedtime, my brain starts to develop a checklist of what needs to discussed within my inner-self. Usually, the list isn’t that great. It’s all that went wrong during the day.
Our racing thoughts start to nag us until we get up; this can turn into a cycle of insomnia of not wanting to sleep because our brain is overloaded. Another worry that creeps in is the anxiety of what will happen the next day because our lack of sleep starts clouding our judgment. This becomes an ongoing hurtful way of living life.
Our thinking affects many different areas of our lives.
- Moral standard
- Success or failure
- Our impact on others
- But mostly when we need to rest most
Now the question is, what kind of a mind do you want to live with so you can get some good sleep?
If you want an empowered mind that leads to sound sleep, then practice how to shut off your brain for sleep by implementing the techniques below.
Discipline Your Thoughts
Thoughts are where our world begins, as we all know, our thoughts shape us.
But thoughts can run awry, especially if we have a wild imagination which inspires thoughts upon thoughts of how things could go wrong.
How can you discipline your thoughts?
One of the most effective ways I found how to discipline my thoughts is by having conscious thinking. We all have a beautiful subconscious mind that loves to send us what it’s thinking.
But at bedtime, we must rein in our thinking consciously, rather than let the subconscious take over.
By thinking consciously, we can discipline our thoughts in the way we want them to flow. To think consciously, we need to focus on how our thoughts take shape in our minds.
Every single thought we have is charged up with energy. You are the one who has to make the decision; will these thoughts be charged with positivity or negativity.
By learning to discipline your thoughts, you will not be paralyzed by any unforeseen circumstances. The way you think does not mean that you will avoid your emotions. Instead, you will learn to control your emotions.
One second of sanity during insanity can save your sleeping time.
Meditation can empower your mind by learning to tune in to sense an experience to be present with yourself.
It can also help to evolve your mind while helping you stay calm during stressful situations. Meditating is a form of mental exercise where you are focused on the object of your meditation. This could be a word or an image, maybe even a sound.
Most of us meditate for different reasons. Some meditate due to their health, others meditate for self-awareness, and some meditate for inner peace. But your focus is on getting good sleep.
Make sure that if you start this, you have to follow through with it every day. Even if it’s only for five minutes, just make sure you do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re tired, bored, busy, confused, depressed, or angry.
You are solely responsible for keeping enthusiasm alive for when you are going into a meditative state. There are times where you will want to get up and leave. Those are the times where you will have to bring in some conscious disciplined thinking.
Reframe Old Beliefs
Limiting beliefs keep us stuck.
- The person who says, I just can’t do it loses the opportunity of being able to do it.
- The person who says, I’m not good with my follow-through stops reaching for their goals.
- The person who says, I don’t know who I am stops looking for a purpose.
Belief in our head will either limit or expand what is possible.
- If you don’t believe your worth it, you will never discover your self-worth.
- If you believe yourself to be a procrastinator, you will never get there.
- If you believe you’re not capable, you will never start.
The terrifying thing about limiting beliefs is that they tend to end up as self-fulfilling prophecies. This doesn’t happen because they are true; it happens because you believe them to be true.
By believing in them to be true, you allow your actions or inactions to follow the belief in fulfilling the prophecy.
To reframe old beliefs, you will need to embrace that your thoughts are not facts. Remember, your thoughts are just thoughts. It’s how you act upon those thoughts that matters.
Get clear on how your limiting beliefs are holding you back when going to bed. What is the consequence of these limiting beliefs? How are you affected by them? What would be an empowering belief which would bring more value into your life?
It takes time as well as repetition to replace an old limiting belief. You will have to practice your new way of reframing negative beliefs.
Recognize That You Are Not Others Opinion
Don’t ever let others opinion form or shape you in any way. Take note that their opinions are just opinions. Not an accurate description of who you really are or know yourself to be.
Easier said than done!
As we all know, people will have opinions on our way of living as well as how we do things. I have opinions about people in my life, but usually, keep them to myself.
Everyone has an opinion about us whether we like to believe it or not!
It’s all a matter of perspective as well as how we let others’ thoughts reflect on us. Sadly, there are many out there who are allowing other people to determine their way of living, and this follows them into the night.
Some people who let others opinions affect them to walk around as if they have a constant finger pointing at them. These people value themselves less because they’re letting others into space, which is their own. Most likely, that space gets filled up at night.
Now, why would you want someone who is judging in bed with you?
Two people cannot stand in a single space. The one who wins the space is the one who’s going to be handing out judgments. If we let someone hold our space, we are giving them free rein to hand down whatever words they want.
Now think about it, do you want to share your space or own your own space?
Some Final Thoughts
Now that you how to turn off your brain for sleep, are you ready to empower your life to get the rest you deserve?
Hopefully, I have given something to think about and how you can change things for yourself, especially when it comes to getting decent sleep where you wake up refreshed every morning.
Share in the comments how you shut off your brain for sleep.
Reading is my favorite thing to do. But other than reading, I enjoy discovering new techniques on how to do something in simpler methods. My daughter likes to call me the Renaissance woman. So I do have to live up to the name.
One of my main issues is sleeping, so I’m always searching for new ways to get a good night sleep, I’m more than happy to share them with you.
My posts are either geared towards pain or self-help. Pain posts because I suffer from ongoing cancer pain. In the past 6 years of my fight with cancer, I have learned many ways to deal with pain, especially when going to bed.
The self-help posts come from my work as a mental health counselor for over 15+ years. My background in counseling training is from UFV and RRU. I also have personal trainer certification from IFA, so I might throw in some exercise posts as well.