Saturday, May 23, 2009

Insomnia: The Cure Starts With Observing Yourself

Could our sleep patterns change by observing our sleep habits? Part of taking control of your insomnia is done by observing your behavior and sleep pattern. It is so important to write down what is happening with your sleep in order to change wrong behaviors.

You might feel like you can remember how many times you got up in the night, how long you stayed in bed or what time you went to bed but from my experience it won't be accurate. Keeping track of your sleep habits on paper is crucial during your road to recovery.

This sleep journal will allow you to see yourself from a birds eye view. It's almost like reading a story about someone else. Maybe that's why it seems easier to help other people with their problems than it is our own---when you're standing on the outside you can see the whole picture.

In addition to writing down how many times you woke up in the night, keep track of how long you stayed in your bed. If you wake up in the night you shouldn't stay in your bed for more than 20 minutes. It's important to get yourself up and go to another room until you feel tired.

If you have insomnia, your mind most likely has an association with being awake in your bed. It's time to break that habit.What if by observing our sleep...our sleep patterns would change? There is so much we don't know about the human brain. Our brain as well as the energy around us is so complex I think anything is possible.