Last week I heard a discussion on the radio about the recent revelation that not enough is being done to help people with sleep problems.

Not enough, other than prescribing drugs, that is.

It’s a big problem – around a quarter of us experience some kind of disorder affecting their sleep. The most common I see is insomnia.

One classic tip is to keep a notepad and pen on your bedside table, so that you can write down your worries. This, the wisdom goes, means that you’ll then be ‘free’ of them.

I’d advise against this. It seems like a good idea – but actually, providing yourself with a place where you can write about your problems means you’re inadvertently helping your mind place more focus on those problems.

The result of that is your mind churns around trying to think of a solution – which can end up creating more problems. Another word for this would be: ‘worrying’.

Sleep CD by Sue

Sleep CD from Sue

To give yourself a better chance of good sleep, and to find solutions to your problems in a more restful way, you actually need to clear your mind before bed. It’s not as difficult as it sounds – go for a walk, relax in the bath, do some breathing meditation, or listen to a hypnosis CD geared towards sleep.

The goal is to prevent your conscious mind from thinking about your problems. When you wake up refreshed and clear-headed, you may well find your subconscious has gone to work on your problems, and a positive, constructive way forward is now obvious.

Good luck with your sleeping – and do let me know how you get on with this by leaving a comment below.