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  • 執筆者の写真Naoko Suga

眠ろうと努力しない "Not" trying to sleep









Not trying to sleep

Don't stay in bed when you can't sleep

Do you find yourself waking up more often than when you get into bed and try to sleep, even though you are not sleepy? When that happens, you are usually wrapped up in a time-space anxiety that makes you light-headed and hard to wrap your mind around sleep.

If you can't sleep, wait for drowsiness to come

If drowsiness does not appear after about 20 minutes in bed, get out of bed. First, reset your mind. Then, prepare to fall asleep again, and make sure that your cerebrum is in a resting state. When your cerebrum has gone from a working and awake state to a calmed state of mind, get into bed again.

Read a book of your choice.

Here is my recommendation for calming the mind. That is to read a paper book. If possible, choose a philosophy book, a textbook, or your favorite book that has a lot of print and is just a little bit boring. I especially recommend books that were read in class during the school days and that made many students drowsy. I was a good dozer as a student, and the great books that were read in my language classes have been a great help to me as an adult as a great book to help me fall asleep on sleepless nights:-).

Concentrate on "now" and "here."

When you use your cerebrum, you are aroused and have difficulty falling asleep. On the other hand, when you use your instincts and focus on the five senses to relax, sleep comes naturally. By all means, concentrate on what feels comfortable. Also, value your personal space of "now" and "here," the one-meter radius around you. Continuing to take deep breaths will help you become more aware of the "now" and the "here" and will delight your senses. Sleep is the ultimate personal issue.





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