Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Distract Your Brain Back To Sleep

"Waking in the early hours… is something everyone does, but most people go instantly back to sleep. With insomniacs it is a chance for the brain—'a 24-hour thinking machine that sees wakefulness as Christmas'—to start racing; and the more you struggle against it, the worse it gets. The answer is not to seek refuge in blacked-out rooms or alcohol (one of his patients used to line up six shot glasses of vodka beside her bed), but to persuade the brain to take a break. One exercise he suggested was to focus on a single sense by asking yourself, say, 'What can I smell?'; if a thought tries to interrupt, banish it by saying, 'Thought!' Eventually you should be able to distance yourself from your thinking mind enough to say, 'Thank you, but goodbye.'"


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Trilby (#3,897)

That's funny. I've been doing something like that for years of insomnia– it doesn't always work, but when I get up several times each night to go pee, I repeat to myself "No thoughts, no songs." Otherwise I start thinking thoughts and songs! And can't sleep.

Aatom (#74)

I'm calling bullshit, the liquor thing totally works.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Aatom Nothing like a shot of rye when you have to get up in an hour and a half.

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