12 Ways to Shut Off Your Brain Before Bedtime

Does getting to bed feel like a nightmare? For many of us, as soon as it’s time for bed, the brain begins buzzing and we cant sleep well. We might experience racing thoughts or a thought or two that keeps gnawing at us. Then those thoughts can turn into worry thoughts about not being able to function the next day because we slept poorly. It can become a vicious cycle.

While there’s “no button to push” to deactivate our thoughts, of course, we can “create the right associations” to help us sleep well says Lawrence Epstein, M.D., chief medical officer of Sleep HealthCenters and instructor in medicine at Harvard University.

Below, Dr. Epstein and sleep specialist Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D, share their insight on quieting your worries and sleeping well.

1. Realize sleep is essential.

For many of us, sleep is the last thing on our minds when it comes to living healthfully. And sleep is the first thing to get sacrificed if we’re pressed for time.

Read more at psych central.


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