For the rest of us though we spend many nights lying awake becoming more stressed with impending events. Despite your religious affiliation there is wisdom in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In hipster, “bruh, chill”.
Easier said than done, if you struggle with sleeplessness try these things:
- Shut off screens an hour beforebed. If you must use technology after 7pm, try using a filter for the screen. (The iPhone now has this feature.)
- Exercise during the day. Put some heavy stuff over your head, and do it often and quickly.
- Read before bed, just 15 minutes to start. Personally, I try to avoid fiction as I get wrapped up in a plot, but many people enjoy fiction because it removes them from their worries.
- Make a list! Jot down concerns as they come to mind.
- Develop a mindfulness/meditation practice during the day. It doesn’t need to be long, but enough to bring you down from that high strung caffeinated state. We’ll discuss this more in the future.
- Restrict caffeine later in the day… Duh?
This is only a place to start. Make an effort to try this out, at the very least it will do no harm. The Jewish culture believes to work from your rest. This is not an excuse to be lazy,but instead a call to action. When it is time to rest, do it, you are preparing to work. When it is time to work, work hard. You will find yourself more productive and carrying less stress during everyday life.
*Tim Ferriss has written and spoke a lot on this subject, I’m only bringing you some of what he and many others have worked on regarding rest.