Don’t worry, sleep

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You need enough sleep in order to function and in order to restore and rejuvenate your mind and your body.
Tens of millions of people have insomnia and other sleep problems. It’s extremely common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all. This may often be attributed to a person’s mind continuing to focus (at high speed) on issues rather than shutting down at night and resting.
Once I was in my 20’s, and a money market trader on Wall Street, I had the exact same issue. I had a job that required me to function at an extremely high level, continually, all day long. From 7AM to 7PM. I couldn’t go to sleep at night as my mind was still racing, reviewing the day’s work (and difficulties ) and planning the next day’s work (and difficulties ). The lack of sleep started to interfere with my ability to work at work at the necessary high level. If this continued, I wouldn’t be able to perform my job effectively and that I would soon be tired, and fired. I had to get more sleep.
Once I realized it was my mind that has been keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I needed to do something about it. What did I do? How did I solve the issue? What I did was make a deal with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I would take all my troubles, worries and fears from my brain and set them down on the nightstand next to my bed. I promised my mind that all my problems, worries and fears would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I would pick all my problems up off the nightstand, place them back in my mind, and my mind could start spinning and rushing and worrying all over again. After a couple of nights of trying this it began to work. I fooled my brain. I trained my mind. But when it was time to go to sleep, I was able to put down, put my troubles and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. And in the morning, I was refreshed and ready to face the day. This was decades ago and ever since then, when I get into bed, I lay down my troubles. And have no trouble going to sleep at night.
In addition, I discovered something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night vanished or lessened when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the next morning.
When it’s time to go to sleep, the day is completed. Put your worries down. When day is done and it’s time for sleep, there’s nothing more you can actually do right now about your present problems, worries and fears. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you prefer, put an empty box beside your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t worry, all of your problems, worries and fears will still be there in the morning. Or not.
And, if you wish, you can even write down your worries on a piece of paper and physically put them in the box. Or not. Any color. It may help if the box has a lid and you can leave it open to readily put on your worries, problems and fears. No, it does not need to be a massive box. Unless you’ve got a good deal of worries.

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