It’s been a long day. From the time the alarm went off until this moment, as you lay your head on the pillow, you have been going full steam ahead. Meeting the demands of your job, your kids, the household chores, the errands, and your social life has taken every last ounce of energy you have. You expect to fall into the oblivion of sleep the moment your head hits the pillow. But once you get there, “it” happens. Your mind starts going, thinking about the things left undone, the things you worry about, the plans you are making. Now sleep is just about the last thing you can do. But you know you need to. You start doing the math. “Only 6 hours until the alarm goes off. I have to get to sleep now or tomorrow is going to be a disaster.” The more pressure you put on falling asleep, the more unlikely it becomes.
If you can relate to this story, you are not alone. The sleepless are not just in Seattle; sleep issues are a factor for nearly every client I see in my practice. Thankfully, there are some very straightforward things that you can do to improve your sleep. While these guidelines are simple, they are not easy, as many of our bad sleep habits are deeply ingrained. However, with dedication, you can see some dramatically positive improvements in your sleep within a few weeks.