Taking a Moment for Myself, Even Though I Can’t Sleep

So often I start to flip the panic switch in my brain when I can’t sleep… because I believe that I KNOW that I’ll be overcome by anxiety, exhausted, irritable and so on. I’ll be angry.

That’s been the situation too many times lately. I takes time to affect change, to see what will work and what won’t.

In the meantime, I’m taking about 8 minutes to slow down, to deliberately pause and cut myself some slack. I usually find it easier to do things like this using music. I’ve been listening to “Peaceful Day” and I really enjoy it. It’s very short. It’s beautiful. It’s restive. I think you might like it. Check it out!

Peaceful Day

Please Help Me Sleep

Sleep by Magic

“I can sleep anywhere. Let me give you a helpful tip…”

I made this playlist to help me get to sleep and stay that way longer because most nights are really rough and my body acts like it hates sleep.


Now, I’m certain that you and I both know that a lack of sleep can wreak havoc on every area of our lives. In fact, the less sleep that I have, the more bonkers I feel, I think, and I act.

I started playing it on my phone but it was getting too hot. Since then, I’ve taken to using my iPad. I plug it in to charge and have no problem.

I usually start at the third video, but you could go right to the music if you like.

I’d love to know what you think about the playlist. If you could try it for a week or so and let me know how it goes I’d be ever so grateful.

I’ve been developing these “Sleep Aid” playlists for some time now and I’m particularly happy with this one.

Oh, and by-the-by, if you like, make your own playlist to sleep to using these videos or search for something that may work better for you.

Sleep by Magic

Goodnight Tip
If you find sleep is avoiding you and anxiety is growing deep inside, try to remember this:  In the morning the sun will rise. In the evening it will set again. The cycle goes on: wash – rinse – repeat. Sleep will come. It will. The problem comes when we try to force it. When we do that, well, it will run and you may face to wait for the cycle to go all the way around again.

Be at peace. You’ve got this. If not right this moment, then soon.

Be well my friends.

Robin

Sleep by Magic

This is What No Sleep Looks Like

It is easy to say, “I haven’t been sleeping well for the last week.” It is less easy to give people, even medical people, a snapshot of exactly what the brain (my brain at least) is doing… while it isn’t sleeping.

I’ve not slept over two hours at a time for the last four nights. Sometimes I nod off durning the day for a little bit. While I was not sleeping last night, I thought I’d write a simple post. None of this has been edited or changed to make myself sound less… well less… you’ll see. (I’m pasting in the Word Doc I was writing in. I’ve had to adjust for line breaks because WordPress is printing the text without line breaks all the way across the screen and into the side bar drop down lists and such. I also had to adjust for tablet viewing.) This is how it went:

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That’s all of it. I went to bed and slept a while. I’m not sure for how long. I’m sure this must seem silly, and you might even be considering whether or not I made it up. I have a good imagination, but this is too boring. As is everyone’s right, you may interpret it as you will. As for me… I’m going to take a nap. I’m starting to nod off again. Lordy…

Can You Sleep?

I’m always putting together playlists to sleep to. I have a rough time getting to sleep, and, of course, staying that way.

My choice for tonight is smooth jazz.

I hope that you’ll check it out. If you like what I’ve selected, please LIKE it. If you enjoy selections like this I’ll be sure to find more for you.

Merry Christmas

Merry Merryday!!

Sleep well my friend.

And good night.

Respectfully,

Robin

SLEEP – My Secret to Regular Sleep

All kinds of people have difficult times falling asleep. We toss and turn and become agitated and completely frustrated. I even become angry. I just want to sleep. Just sleep! Is that really such a difficult thing? Okay, I have some mental health issues and maybe you do too, but that doesn’t mean that other people aren’t cursed with a lack of sleep too. It seems that everyone in the neighborhood sits against the headboard reading yet again another novel or writing down everything they think about because they’ve been told that this is an effective way to help yourself go to sleep. Sex? Have you tried having sex and then going to sleep? Yeah, no. Sex just makes me hungry. Oops. Did I just say that? Darn!

I’ve tried all the usual things such as herbal supplements, pharmaceutical (prescription) sleep aids, exercising and meditation…. Ah, and mindfulness. No luck. Really torques me off. One day it occurred to me that perhaps I could create a playlist on YouTube that might help me. There are videos of guided meditation, calming music and nature sounds. You may not believe this, but it works!

I’ve finally found something that’s been working for me very regularly! I’ve created a playlist that has a few detective stories (episodes) from Old Time Radio (OTR) shows and then transitions into a short guided meditation or two. Then I transition into music to relax my soul far into the morning. (Feel free to skip the guided meditation kinds of videos if you wish. You might try them for a while and just see if they help. It won’t hurt to mix things up.)

The first playlist I’ve provided here is one in which you can use some of the videos to build your own playlist. The name of this playlist is: NEED TO SLEEP OR CHILL?

This second playlist is my personal bedtime playlist. It is always changing according to how I’m feeling when I’m getting ready to sleep. I suspect that the routine of selecting the videos helps to calm me.

My personal playlist is: BEDTIME STORIES. () I use this playlist every night. If you check it several times you’ll notice several story episodes at the bottom of the playlist. I put them there as a sort of holding tank. I plan on using them in a night or two.

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comment section. Can you come up with a playlist of your own that you’d like to share? Let me know and I’ll be happy to share it.

Best regards and I hope you get some sleep.

Robin