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You need enough sleep. 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 suffer from insomnia and other sleep issues. It is very common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all. This may often be due to one’s head continuing to focus (at top speed) on problems rather than shutting down at night and resting.
I had a job that required me to work in an extremely high level, continually, all day long. By 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night because my mind was racing, reviewing the day’s work (and difficulties ) and planning the next day’s work (and problems). The lack of sleep started to interfere with my ability to work at work at the required high level. If this continued, I would not be able to perform my job effectively and that I would soon be tired, and fired. I had to get more sleep.
When I realized that it was my head that has been keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I needed to do something about it. What did I do? How can I solve the problem? What I did was make a bargain with my mind. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I’d take all my problems, worries and anxieties out of my mind and set them down on the nightstand beside my bed. I promised my mind that all my troubles, worries and fears would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I’d pick all my problems off the nightstand, place them back into my brain, and my mind could start spinning and rushing and worrying all over again. After a few nights of trying this it began to work. I fooled my mind. I trained my mind. Now, when it was time to go to sleep, I was able to put down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. And in the morning, I was refreshed and ready to face the day. That was decades ago and since then, when I get into bed, I put down my troubles. And don’t have any trouble going to sleep at night.
In addition, I learned 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 morning after.
When it’s time to go to sleep, the day is completed. Put your worries down. When day is done and it is time for sleep, there is nothing more you can actually do right now about your existing 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. Do not worry, all of your problems, worries and fears will still be there in the morning. Or not. Meanwhile, you can go to sleep.
And, if you desire, you can even write down your worries on a piece of paper and put them in the box. And, in the morning, you can once again pick them up. 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 doesn’t have to be a massive box. Unless you have a good deal of worries.
How To Stop Worrying

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