This has worked for me... a form a self-hypnosis. Get comfortable. Relax your body. Consiously check each muscle group and make sure you really ARE relaxed (sometimes we're kinda tense without realizing it). Now, focus on your toes and imagine that they're starting to get warm. Keep thinking about your toes getting warm until you can "feel" them get warmer. Then imagine that warm feeling gradually expanding to the rest of both feet. When you "feel" both feet are warm, imagine that warm feeling slowing moving up your legs, toward your knees.
Follow this process, with the warm feeling that started in your toes slowly moving up the rest of your body. Don't let anything distract you.
You'll be asleep before the warm feeling gets up to your belly button! :-)
I was having a tough time getting to sleep and sleeping through the night. Starting a regular exercise routine has helped me a lot. I run on the treadmill (or outside if the weather is OK) and work out with light weights. I exercise early in the day; if I do it at night I find I'm too geared up to fall asleep. What you eat and drink can also affect your sleep, as can the environment (too hot, too cold, too noisy, too bright). For good info on all of sleep tips and the pros and cons of sleep medications, check out helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm.
For those of you who are having a hard time falling asleep or a hard time staying asleep, you must try valarian. It's an all natural herb, easy to find. Just go to your local health food store or you can even purchase it at Walmart, Target or any pharmacy. I like to buy mine from the health food store because I like the brand with no additives. Valarian is awesome for sleep!! You'll love it!
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