Too Much Stuff In My Head!

My brain never shuts off!  That's why I have so much trouble sleeping!  I always think of something - maybe it's something important that I want to do or remember, maybe not.  I try to just empty my mind, but it refuses to just let go!

I read everything I can get my hands on and have tons of useless knowledge rattling around in my head.  It's great for playing "Jeopardy", but otherwise it's really just taking up space in all the wrinkles in my brain!  And I'm reaching the stage where there is so much in there, it takes me forever to dig around and come up with answers when I need them!

Thinking too much is also not helpful when making decisions!  Thinking is good - you shouldn't just jump off a cliff without thinking about the consequences!  But too much thinking kind of brings the whole process to a standstill!  I stand still a lot!

swirlingmist swirlingmist
51-55, F
6 Responses Mar 16, 2009

I've found lately that I've woke around 4.30am and the old brain goes into top drive... it doesn't think well at the best of times, but why at that time?..ggrrrr

I do that too.I wish my mind would shut the heck up when I'm trying to sleep. Sometimes when I need it to kick in it doesn't..probably too tired from "talking" half the night. Geez....

Oh can I relate to that! Sometimes it's something from the work day that perhaps I could have done differently. It could be that I'm trying to bring something to mind and get fixated on it. Or it could just be a little insecurity which becomes magnified after lights out.<br />
I like to read something simple yet positive before trying to sleep. I've found the magazine Guideposts especially good for setting the right fr<x>ame of mind.

Thanks! I'll try that! The one thing I've found that helps me sleep is Sudoku puzzles--just focusing on the numbers keeps my mind from wandering, but that's when the lights are on! I'll try teaching with the lights off! :-)

One thing that helped me a lot was "pretending" when I go to sleep.<br />
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You imagine you're a teacher explaining something to a class - doesn't matter what it is. Or, you imagine you're explaining something to someone. Something really basic like a recipe for a cake, etc. You describe it exactly...and why you do each step.<br />
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You'll notice that you will drift off pretty quickly.<br />
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I have a tendency to go all over the map when I lie down and it makes sleeping very hard to do. This does help from time to time. It can be pretty funny to do at times so that helps a bit.

I know the feeling Swirl! Here's hoping you will get a better night's sleep.