Sleep and emotions are highly intertwined and it can take some time to unravel. We explore this in week 4 of the Cure Chronic Insomnia Program.
There are two big components of insomnia: the physiological component and the psychological. The two go hand in hand – you can’t solve insomnia with one or the other, it has to be both.
When it comes to the physiological component, this is fairly straightforward albeit still a challenge to stick to. But it can take some soul searching when trying to sort out why insomnia popped up in the first place. Sleep and emotions are highly intertwined, and it can take some time to unravel.
So far this week, I got you to dive a bit deeper into yourself, and approach yourself from another angle. The goal is to foster a compassionate stance towards yourself – that you don’t always need “fixing” and you most certainly need to stop feeling bad about feeling bad.
1. Keep going with sleep restriction.
Sleep restriction is literally the backbone to overcoming insomnia, so I’m going to keep mentioning it!
2. Keep writing and questioning.
As we discussed throughout week 3, I would like you to continue to challenge your misconceptions about sleep, and write a short daily journal of your moods. What I’m hoping is that over the next coming weeks, these misconceptions will start to be less important to you, and you’ll have a record of your mood gradually getting better.
3. Get unhooked. Sleep and emotions are ruling your life a bit too much.
Unhooking takes time and practice, but it can eventually become a daily ritual and almost automatic response of not letting your emotions get the best of you.
4. Take up meditation.
There is no right or wrong way to do it. Even if you set aside 10 minutes and your mind wanders for 9 minutes and 45 seconds, you meditated successfully. Next time, you try to go a bit longer. Some days are good, other days aren’t – it’s fine. Just pick a meditation that seems like you’d enjoy it, and set aside some time for yourself. You deserve it.
5. Connect with yourself.
Get inquisitive, explore, and have fun with it.
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