tossing and turning
wheels of life engage.
Lying still, breathing fast
like a sparrow in a cage.
tight and wired
mind prepares to fall.
Worries and second guesses
are no stranger here at all.
legs and body twitching
turning left and right.
Trying to find comfort
in the blackness of the night.
grappling and seeking
answers to life’s quest.
Will angels help to guide
and lead her to some rest.
waves of tiredness descend.
Finally finding solace
in a night of no end.
comes at last
and dreams fire her soul.
On waking early morning
new hopes and goals take hold.
Don’t you wish our mind had an on/off switch at bed time? I know I do.
Why is it that when my hubby’s head hits the pillow he’s off like a light? But not me. I lie wide awake with a million thoughts going through my mind and the events of the day whirling. And when I finally get to sleep, wham, I wake up at 3am, as though by clockwork.
I love my bed but some nights it feels like a a freight train’s coming through. I’ve even had panic attacks in bed though thankfully these are happening less often now. I’m learning to chill and trying new tactics to get myself into sleep mode. Things like …
- Switching off the devices at least an hour before bedtime. Well, I’m trying. I always told my teenage son to do, now I need to take my own advice.
- Meditating. I often struggle alone so now I’m trying guided meditations.
- A cup of my favorite Green and Pomegranate or mint tea works wonders.
- Patting the dog. Harry loves it and everyone knows the benefits of a good stroking.
- Playing my guitar, especially a nice relaxing Simon and Garfunkel tune or Nights in White Satin. At times even the guinea pigs join in with my singing!
- Writing in my Gratitude Journal.
- Burning some pure essential oils and listening to my favorite music.
- A relaxing back and neck massage … if I can coax someone to give me one.
Do you have any favorite night time rituals?
They say sleep is the best meditation so here’s to rested bodies and minds, peaceful sleeps and dreamy nights.
May we slumber well and wake refreshed and ready for a new day.