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Sweet DreamsSleep deprivation seems to be the latest chronic condition.  Yes, there are a lot of things that may keep us up at night, and when you think about it, we can only tend to things in the present moment of our waking life.  With that said, here are some suggestions that may help you get a better night sleep.

1.  To put your thoughts and worries to rest, take a few minutes before bed and write them down.  While you are at it, write down what ever is on your mind.  I’d also suggest you write a “to do” list for the next day.  All those things will be waiting for you when you wake up, so no need to visit them during the night.

2.  Next, just before turning off the light, write 3 -5 of your happiest moments of the day in a journal or notebook.  This shifts your mind to pleasant things prior to drifting off to sleep.

3. Turn out the light and surrender to a restful night sleep.  Know that there is nowhere you need to go and nothing you need to do.  The next, roughly 6-8 hours, are yours to sleep and allow your body to rest and rejuvenate.  If you are a visual person, you can visualize yourself sleeping peacefully, like the puppy above holding a favorite stuffed animal, or as Elizabeth Gilbert, in Eat, Pray, Love experienced, “being in the palm of God’s hand.”

May you have sweet dreams tonight!

Love, Health & Happiness,