The sleep piece in the March 2011 issue of Workplace Wisdom received so many comments, chuckles, and questions in response that some additional suggestions seemed appropriate.
If you have trouble actually making it to bed at a reasonable hour:
If the problem is falling asleep:
If your brain just won’t stop running or if it wakes you with too many thoughts in the middle of the night:
Do a mental run-through of a fantastic tomorrow. Picture the events, and just how you want them to turn out. Edit yourself gently if you don’t like the picture you made, and DO IT OVER so you can really like it, feel satisfied, think, “There, that’s done,” and drift off to slumberland.
Tell your brain that you have a topic you’d like to delegate. (Daughter objects when I recommend having discussions with body parts, but I and many others have found that it increases the chances of getting the desired result when we speak to our brains both kindly and concretely.) Say something like, “Okay, Brain dear, you’ve got it now, and I’m going to get some rest.” Giving your brain a specific assignment may get you a useful dream, or a fresh idea might pop up as you’re starting your morning shower.
If you’re the kind who wakes up with ideas — keep a notepad or recorder within reach. Trying to sleep through strong ideas is very difficult, so take the three to five minutes to write or record them. Then, knowing that you’ve handled everything, you can sleep in good conscience.
Pleasant dreams… And if you have other suggestions, do share them — pleazzzzzzzzzzz.
Onward and upward,