I’m not a physician (I only have a BA in Medicine and I never practiced as healer) and certainly not your physician, so I’m not giving medical advice to anyone. However, some ideas I have could be helpful – but not instead of going to the doctor when you should.
- Cut out the crap before bed:
Coffee, caffeine, sugar.
Pills to “help you sleep.” Coma is not sleep.
Stress (bad news news, stressful reading, arguing).
Don’t go to bed late.
- Cut out the crap in bed:
Stop tossing around. Lie still on your side with as little input from outside your brain (lights off, covered comfortably (not too warm, not to cold), etc.). Then yawn until you sleep – soon. Going to sleep is the art of letting go. If it doesn’t work, could you be too lonely? Connect – to your bed partner, call a good friend. Does that help you yawn? If it doesn’t, is there one single tear you’d rather shad than sleep? Cry it. Is it not enough, cry more. After the crying, your brain may be very abuzz. In that time or after that time, you’ll sleep so peacefully. BTW: This is how small children do it – automatically.
Thoughts are making you not sleep. If they are valuable, write them down – stop milling – and go (back to) sleep. If they are not valuable, slow down your breathing and your racing thoughts will stop too.
Pain. Don’t take a “pain killer” – they ruin your sleep. Instead, cry and shiver if you need to to lose the drama about the pain. You may also reassure yourself to be happy that your nerves work and that they do not imply that you are dying. If they do tell the end is near, collect your loved ones around you and don’t sleep, but rather enjoy them, and ask them to tell you why they are happy that you lived.
- Cut out the crap afterwards:
Don’t drink coffee “to wake up.” It will ruin your next night of sleep.
You didn’t get enough sleep. Go to bed earlier. Nap in the afternoon. Change professions. Learn to live with poverty. Get help with the kids.
These opinions do not replace consulting and listening to your physicians.