Friday, July 6, 2012
New Insomnia Exercize Worked
I gave the counting insomnia exercise to my daughter, the one where you count 1 2 3 4 and take a breath and then count 5 6 7 8 and repeat until you fall asleep. She said it wouldn’t work for her.
“Of course it will work,” I said. “And the more you do the exercise the stronger the neural pattern becomes and it soon attaches, by learned association, to the natural going-to-sleep pattern and it takes less and less time to fall asleep.”
“No, Mom. You don’t understand. Just the thought of numbers makes me anxious because I start the day with a list of all the things I have to do. So just the thought of numbers makes me think of how behind I am in getting things done.”
“Okay, then,” I said. “Say A B C D and then E F G H instead.”
She said that worked.