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What Does a Sleep Doc do When He Can’t Fall Asleep?

What Does a Sleep Doc do When He Can’t Fall Asleep?

Well, there are times even a sleep doc can’t fall asleep!

This happens most commonly prior to a big trip or sometimes after a page from the hospital or a phone call from the sleep lab. I used to get frustrated and worried about the busy day next day, which in turn would make matters worse.

Now, I do progressive muscle relaxation starting from my scalp muscles all the way down to my toe muscles; I contract them one by one, and feel them relaxing while I breathe slow and deep. This whole process if done leisurely would take 10-15 minutes. After I am done with this, I just lay there limp, completely atonic.

Then I work on my racing mind. I practice complete detachment (Vairagya). I observe these thoughts as a third person. They arise and they subside. I do nothing with them. I give up all the worries, desires, expectations, and anger to Almighty, to the Higher Power, and I just lay there completely relaxed.

This is called Savasana, which literally means “corpse posture.” When I do this, I get the physical, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation despite being awake.

I may fall asleep; I may not fall asleep. I do not worry. I do not care. Sleep is a natural phenomenon. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I don’t care. I trust the Lord. I have been through tougher times with little sleep in the past. I can do that again with the help the Lord.

Well, I hope you don’t have difficulty falling asleep, but if you do, I urge you to try this. If you find it beneficial, share this post and spread the wealth!

Sleep Well, Live Well.

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