How to fall asleep naturally when your mind won’t shut off

Are you one of the millions lying in bed, wanting to sleep but your mind just won’t shut off?

That was me for about 7 years. I got 5 hours of sleep a night if I was lucky. Sometimes it felt like I didn’t sleep a wink! Until I saw a medicine man in Bali. He gave me one of these 6 tips and now I get about 7 hours a night. It’s bliss.

If you can’t sleep, don’t get frustrated, get smart. Ask yourself: Why can’t I sleep?

Were you racing around all day and haven’t had a moment of down time? Your mind needs time to process the day and relax before you hit the hay. Try this: Build in 1 hour of down time before you go to sleep with no technology.  Develop a ritual for yourself that you enjoy. Read a book, spend time with loved ones, straighten up or lay out things for the next day.

Did you have caffeine or an energy drink in the afternoon? If you are reading this at 2am, then drink water to flush your body and have something that makes you sleepy. For some this is dairy or bread.  Chicken, which has tryptophan, can also make you sleepy. In the future, try not having caffeine or energy drinks after 11am or skipping them all together

Are you stressed about all you have to do tomorrow? Try this: keep a pad of paper by your bed and write out a list of everything that needs to be done. Put it in order of importance and plan it out over the week. This will set your mind at ease so you can sleep.

Is your mind is going over a situation, trying to figure out a solution? Try this: What ever it is, you can’t do anything about it in the middle of the night. If you are trying to prepare for a conversation or an event, it will always go differently than you expect. The best thing you can do is be present and open during the event. And for that you need your sleep. If you are trying to understand the past, remember that you can’t change it. All you can do is accept it. So let it go. Let it float out of your mind.

Are you feeling anxious? Do a gratitude list. Write out 5 things you are grateful for each night, before you turn out the light. Bonus: this may also give you great dreams! Every time I do this I have the sweetest dreams and wake up smiling.

Are you so excited about your life that you can’t sleep? This is what happens to me most these days. Try getting up and doing something grounding and a bit boring. Read a book, organize something or do your finances. That should do it.

Can you guess which one was from the medicine man? Leave your guess in the comments below!


  1. I believe it was the gratitude list from the medicine man~

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