14 Feb How to Calm Your Worries and Sleep Better: A Scientist’s Tips for Falling Asleep More Quickly
Insomnia can be very detrimental to mental health, especially for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In order to reduce stress and get a restful night’s sleep, try implementing these calming techniques.
The Happify Team provides a brief explanation of techniques for achieving better sleep.
What We Learned from this Video:
- One of the most common difficulties for people trying to sleep is that they cannot stop thinking.
- One method for falling asleep is to distract yourself by imagining interesting and engaging imagery, involving as many of your senses as possible.
- The more creative and unusual the imagery the better.
- This imagery can transfer into dream content, so be sure to keep your thoughts positive and pleasant.
- Let negative thoughts come and go; trying not to think about them inevitably leads to you thinking about them even more.
- Let your negative thoughts play through, but then think about what you’ll be doing after the event is over. Fast forward your thoughts to the point where the stressful part is over.
- Mindfulness techniques can also help. Instead of worrying about the future, focus on something present in your room. Breathing exercises or focusing on your senses can help distract you from your negative thoughts.
- Instead of focusing on things that may go wrong, think about coming events that you are looking forward to. You can also think about recent events that brought you joy.
A good night’s sleep is an underappreciated yet critical component of good mental health. Check out our free video library for more information on how to improve your mental wellbeing.