Despite having taken my Nytol at 9pm intending to have an early night, and despite being sure that it kicked in over an hour ago, I still can’t get my stupid brain go switch off enough to fall asleep!
Could there be something your body is trying to tell you? It wants food, or some water, or the central heating on for a while?
Breathe in count one Breathe out count two Breathe in count one Breathe out count two.....
I rarely have that fail but failing that an audiobook or podcast on very quietly, but I chose a soothing voice rather than interesting content - I don't recommend you go off hunting for soothing voices at this time of night I have a couple of audiobooks that I keep for just such occasions. I also find that if I take something like Nytol too early I tend to fight through it a bit so it ends up being less effective.
LoveOnTheNHS also makes a good point, sometimes we don't realise we are hungry, thirsty, chilly.
Thank you! I’ve just eaten a snack; I’ve drunk loads of water this afternoon and on a positive note have managed to get rid of the headache that had been plaguing me all day, I’m wrapped up in my lovely fluffy winter pyjamas so nice and toasty! I think that my brain is just being a pain!
Thank you!I will try the breathing exercises, failing that I have found in the past that counting slowly while visualising each number stops my mind thinking about everything enough to get me to sleep, so I could try that too!
Sometimes it just seems nothing helps! Our brains can be our worst enemies.
I think that's the thing isn't it - its stopping your brain running away with its self, the repetition of counting gives your brain no room to do its own thing. What ever you do be kind to your self.
My brain just happens to think that right when I’m trying to get to sleep is the best time to think about absolutely everything! Stupid brain!
Yeah by ‘making’ my brain focus on the numbers it stops it from being able to focus on everything else. Right time to try to get to sleep #2 Hopefully this time I will succeed!
You're not the only one.
I'm currently nocturnal. Trying to find something interesting on tv in the small hours is futile.
My brain thinks it's the ideal time to solve complex structural issues or maths problems. Great. It's like I'm along for the ride.