One of the excercises I found very interesting was to say ‘gratitude ABCs’ (ie. thinking up various things to be grateful about, one for each letter of the alphabet) right before going to bed – or rather, right after getting to bed – in order to fall asleep.
I tried it out tonight, after I found myself awake and starting to ruminate at about 5am, and sure enough, I only made it to the letter H.
I slept deeply, and dreamt intensely, for the remaining 3 morning hours.
I found it to be a very mind-friendly way to get some extra Zs (ha!), that – as a nice bonus – makes you wake up just a little bit happier.
Try it out! What are your gratitude ABCs?