The more you worry about sleep tonight, the more chance it's not going to happen. In sleep studies it was found that people who felt pressured to sleep took more than twice as long as people who fell asleep naturally.
Thinking about sleep tonight is just going to keep your mind awake – the last thing you need if you want to fall asleep tonight without taking hours. This is because it's absolutely impossible to make yourself sleep with the conscious part of the mind.
No one knows how to sleep, it just happens. It's a state that can't be willed into with the conscious mind. It's the deep unconscious part of the brain that knows how to sleep. Sleep tonight will be a lot easier if you can let go of your conscious thoughts and let your unconscious part of the brain take over.
How do we do this? Well, there are plenty of ways to relax the mind. Some will be more effective than others. However it's important not to rely on a single method to sleep tonight. There's rarely a magic bullet that actually works. Getting a good night sleep requires a lot more than drinking a warm glass of milk or taking a sleeping aid.
Just as your days can be affected from lack of sleep, your nights can be affected by the things you do in the day. Pay attention to your emotional and physical health in the day. Eat healthy and cut back on stimulants such as coffee, alcohol and cigarettes. Get a little exercise everyday – even if it's just a thirty minute walk.
If you feel stressed in the day, take a break and give yourself time to calm down. Paying attention to the small details will help you get to sleep tonight. Try and give yourself an hour or so to wind down before bedtime. This will help you get in the mode for sleep. Try not to engage in stimulating activities such as watching TV or using the computer.
If you want to read or watch something before you sleep, make sure it's something light. Reading horror or watching an action movie before sleep is not a good idea and will make sleep tonight difficult.
Spend 20 minutes clearing your mind. Practice slow breathing exercises and visualize something peaceful. This will help you release mental and physical tension. The important thing to remember is not to worry about sleep tonight. The less you worry or think about it, the easier it will come.