For many years I suffered from a bad case of insomnia. Anyone who has suffered from insomnia knows that it is one of the most frustrating things you can go through.
You know you have to wake up at seven in the morning to get ready for work, but your body doesn’t seem to care about that, you still can’t get to sleep.
You look at your watch every 20 minutes calculating how many hours of sleep you are going to get. But with this number decreasing every time you look at your watch, you get more and more frustrated, making it even harder to fall asleep. It’s a vicious cycle!
If only the cure for insomnia was as simply as popping a pill. While sleeping pills are somewhat effective, they leave you feeling dazed the next day. You find yoursef walking through the day like a zombie, leaving the boss with the impression that you haven’t quite got over your hangover yet.
I’ve tried that too. The idea is that counting sheep is so boring and repetitive that you can’t help but fall asleep. I used to count up to 500, night after night, but the end result was always the same, I was still awake, tossing and turning as much as ever, wondering who came up with this ridiculous idea anyway.
Meditating for 20 minutes before bed every night definitely helped. I thought I had finally found the cure for insomnia, and wanted to shout it from the rooftops to let every insomniac know that there was no need for us to suffer anymore.
But after a couple of weeks, my insomnia was back worse than ever (I hadn’t been that disappointed since that time I went to Disneyland as a kid and found out Goofy was actually a middle aged man in a costume. I proceeded to cry for the rest of the trip! ). By the way I still recommend meditating every day for the benefits it brings but that’s for another post.
Yep, I’ve even tried marijuana too on account of a recommendation from a friend. A few puffs 30 minutes before bed actually worked quite well. I was told that this was down to marijuana increasing levels of melatonin in the body. Despite having seemingly found a cure for my insomnia, the government won in the end, and I stopped smoking it. I felt like a criminal and risking my future over my inability to get to sleep just didn’t seem worth it.
The Simplest Cure for Insomnia
Shortly after I stopped smoking weed to help me fall asleep, it suddenly hit me. When I was younger I had no trouble falling asleep. I remembered that as I lay in bed every night, I used to replay the day in my head from the moment I woke up to the moment I went to bed at night.
I’m not sure why I used to do this. Perhaps, it was because when I was a kid, every day seemed like it was filled with fun and adventure so I liked reliving it.
I started to try this technique again. I went through my day in as much detail as possible. It’s not enough to replay yourself waking up, showering, getting dressed, eating breakfast and then leaving the house.
You have to replay the day exactly as it happened. In my mind I saw myself waking up, walking to the bathroom step by step, getting undressed button by button, hopping into the shower, adjusting the temperature, picking up the shower gel, squeezing it into my hand etc.
You must replay the day including every detail possible
All of a sudden, I was able to fall asleep after around 20 minutes. This might sound like a lot of time for those of you who have no problem falling asleep, but for sufferers of insomnia, it’s as if Christmas has come early.
This technique works almost every night for me and others. When you get into bed tonight and turn off the lights, remember to give it a go. It is certainly the simplest cure for insomnia I have found.