To paraphrase Andrew Huberman-
All mental skills can be broken down into 2 basic capabilities:
- >The ability to fall asleep
- >The ability to become alert-but-calm
If being able to do these things on command doesn't interest you, stop reading🛑
In this thread I'll give you my 2 best strategies for falling asleep on command.
First and foremost, getting good-quality sleep such that you wake up every morning feeling well rested has got to be your #1 priority in terms of improving your health.
Mental health/physical healthy/spiritual health....
The quality of your relationships and your career and literally everything else begins with how you feel. How well you sleep, and what you're feeding your body are the 2 most important things to think about.
A few signs you're not getting enough quality sleep:
- 1. Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- 2. Mood swings, such as feeling irritable or anxious
- 3. Increased appetite for sugary or high-carbohydrate foods
- 4. Decreased ability to handle stress or solve problems
There are plenty more but those are some of the more major cognitive signs.
Luckily, overcoming this can be pretty easy.
- You need a routine.
I'm not going to tell you it HAS to include anything in particular(other than turning off screens at least an hour or so before bed, the hardest one I know;) , but if you take the time to condition yourself to a short consistent pre-bed process...
You'll start to show your mind/body what going to bed looks like, and thus your physical-clock will "Ah it's time for bed!" and you'll automatically find it easier to relax and fall asleep.
When you actually do get into bed, understanding how meditation works as far as using the mind to relax the body is invaluable. We can talk more about this in another thread, but for now this is the simple approach that will help you fall asleep asap:
- 1. Relax your face.
- 2. Relax your shoulders.
- 3. Relax the chest.
Someone once responded "ok so just relax..."
No. Relax your face. Relax your shoulders. Relax your chest. In that order, consciously focusing one particular area after the other.
This will keep you focused.
With any of these practices, it begins with a strong intention followed up by a deliberate practice.
Put these things into action EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and I guarantee not only will your sleep improve, but every other area of your life will improve as well.
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