In the past few weeks, I’ve repeated this advice to people on twitter who are having trouble sleeping, or more correctly, falling asleep. Something is interfering with their ability to drift off to dreamland. It could be any number of things, but what they need more than the free therapy I could offer is to, as one of my new favorite books suggests, “just go the f**k to sleep”.
It’s an old trick. It’s one we attempt to use on our children, and usually works wonders – on ourselves. Just climb into bed, close your eyes, and pretend to be asleep. Focus your mind on nothing but “I’m asleep”. After a while your brain will start to believe that you are indeed asleep. Why? Because brains are gullible. Because brains need to focus on the task at hand and if all you think about is being asleep, you will trick your brain into believing it to be true.
But it only works if you don’t let other thoughts intrude.