Excerpt from "How to sleep without pills"
Mr. S. was the account executive of a big advertising agency. His day
consisted largely of a series of conferences, all of which
both he and the agency considered at least as important as
a convocation of the United Nations. At night there was a
client to entertain or a client's radio or television show
to listen to and worry over. By the time Mr. S. was in bed
he was so tense that he tossed half the night, rehashing
the day's work, reconsidering his decisions, and in
general, making himself as unfit as possible to do a good
day's work the next day.
Thousands of business executives take their work to bed
with them, believing that with a little midnignt mulling,
difficult problems will suddenly solve themselves.
Occasionally this may happen, but it can't happen if you
make a habit of taking your work to bed with you, if you
toss and turn, fruitlessly considering decisions in a state
of tension, and finally become panicky and fail to get
Worrying over your work night and day won't make you
richer, but it may make you die sooner. It's even bad
economics. For example, a $ 100,000-a-year executive who
dies fifteen years prematurely has lost $ 1,500,000. Isn't
it good business for such a man to ask himself whether his
nightly wrestling with his work is going to net him an
extra $ 1,500,000?
Mr. S. once believed that taking his work to bed was
necessary to his career. By the time he came to me he
wanted to break this habit, but couldn't.
His first step was to learn that sleep really begins at
8:00 am If you are tense all day, you will be tense at
night and pay the penalty of being unable to sleep. Mr. S.
had to be taught to relax during the day.
At first he protested that this was impossible. But he had
been thinking in terms of free hours, when all he needed
was free minutes. I taught him the ABC Round Robin, and
later the Sleep Exercise. It took him three weeks to master
the Round Robin to the point where he could feel himself
When a conference was over, instead of rehashing the
discussion with his secretary and his colleagues at the
water cooler, he closed his office door and consciously
relaxed with the Round Robin. He did this right in his
swivel chair, making himself comfortable by propping his
feet up on the desk. After the Robin he did the Sleep
Exercise. Just before he went to sleep (right at his desk)
he said to himself, "I will awaken in exactly fifteen
minutes. When I awaken in fifteen minutes, I will feel
completely relaxed and refreshed. "Mr. S. found that he
could learn to sleep in a matter of seconds and wake up at
exactly the time he set for himself.
Once he could make himself relax consciously during the
day, he found he hardly needed the Round Robin and the
Sleep Exercise to put him to sleep at night. Not only will
Mr. S. live longer now that he has learned to relax and
sleep at night, but he is doing better in his business and
getting more out of life.
To sleep when your work is on your mind: 1.Learn and master
the Round Robin and the Sleep Exercise.
2.Make it a definite point to relax during intermissions in
your day's work. Make yourself comfortable at your desk and
then put yourself to sleep with the Round Robin and the
Sleep Exercise. If before you drop off to sleep, you give
yourself a set time to sleep – say fifteen minutes – you will
find that you will awaken in that exact time. So don't be
afraid of oversleeping.
3.When you have mastered the Round Robin and the Sleep
Exercise and made a habit of relaxing during the day, you
will sleep well at night. Not only that, but there will be
little likelihood of your dropping dead from hypertension
when you are in your fifties, as do many men who have never
learned to make themselves relax.
Source by Mike Slawomir Cecotka