Coming back chilling from a birthday party, clothes off, get in the bed ready to hit the sack but something happens! Your eyes happen! You just can’t keep them shut. You try counting sheep and it doesn’t work. Now, you realized you just can’t go to sleep!
How many times have you fallen into this situation? Don’t blame yourself. You are not alone. Many have been experiencing the same thing and here we bring you the reason why you have problems with sleeping.
According to a cognitive scientist, it is because of something he calls “cognitive shuffling”.
Luc Beaudoin from Simon Fraser University explains about adults’ dreams like this: Adults are very left brained which is in conjunction with thinking and language while children are stronger in playing and imaging. And, because people when falling asleep often experience micro-dreams and visual images, the more images we imagine, the faster and more easily we fall asleep. On the flipside, if we keep thinking in a problem-solving and analytic way, we prevent the process of falling asleep.
To sum up, to fall asleep faster, we should do more imagining and less thinking. Below is how!
Cognitive Shuffling – How to sleep when you can’t sleep
1. Get in the bed.
2. Thinking about any word that has more than 4 letters such as mouse, touchpad, keyboard, etc. (Try your best not to choose a word that has many repeating letters.)
3. In your mind only, spell the word. Then, now start with the first letter to think about another word starting with the same letter. Now imagine the word in its real form in life. For example, if you choose the word “mouse”, you think about another word such as “mosquitos” and imagine the mouse and mosquitos. Remember to imagine them so clearly in your mind before moving to the next and the next for “muffler”, “meander”,…
4. If you run out of words for the letter “m” for example, move to the next letter and continue imagining.
Don’t forget to ditch the letter if it becomes too hard for you. The thing here is to help your mind imagine, not to put stress on your mind.
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