Posted: 17 Sep 2012 07:56 AM PDT
Post written by Leo Babauta.
Problems sleeping can be a major drag on happiness — if you can’t sleep well, you can’t function as well during the day.
Today a reader asked, “I want to spend less time rolling in the bed, and more time sleeping. I wanna be a baby again. Help!”
I love the image of being a baby again — in my head, it conjures up not only sleeping peacefully (though in reality many babies don’t), but growing magically young again, care-free, without the worries that normally plague us and keep us up at night.
I don’t have the magical pill that will make you young again, but I can offer some help with sleep. I’ve changed my sleeping patterns a number of times, and know that it can be difficult. Sleep is a deep part of the body’s rhythms, and it’s one of the harder habits to change. That said, it’s changeable.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the problems that keep people rolling around in bed (not in the good way, pervert):
There are other issues, but I’ve found these to be the most common. Let’s look at how to help with them.
Formula for Becoming a Baby
So how do we solve the problems above and become baby-like in our sleep? I don’t have all the answers, but here are some of the things that have worked for me:
I hope this helps. I will admit that I don’t always sleep soundly — sometimes I have trouble sleeping, but when I use these methods, I can usually cure the sleeping problems.
Sleep is a blessing that I wish on all my friends, all of you included. It’s a much-needed rest that helps us to be truly awake once the glorious new day has come.
The Zen of Work Course
In case you missed it, I’d like to let you know about an online course I’ve created with my friend and Zen teacher Susan O'Connell of San Francisco Zen Center, called The Zen of Work.
The course is designed to help people to let go, to learn mindfulness habits, and to bring mindfulness to work tasks, meetings, email, to-do lists, dealing with co-workers, and problems like stress and procrastination.
We'll teach you how to form the habit of meditation, and simple mindfulness practices you can do on your own and then carry into your work life. We'll have a group challenge to help you stick to the mindfulness habits, and Susan and I will answer your questions as the course progresses.
The course runs for four weeks starting Oct. 1, and you can register today. Learn more: The Zen of Work.
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