Getting Ready for a Good Night’s Sleep

Probably the most important change you can make to improve your sleep is to turn off all your electronics – phone, computer, TV, games, etc. – a minimum of half an hour before going to bed. This gives your brain time to downshift, to quiet down and empty out a little so it can more peacefully transition to sleep time consciousness.

A high school student came to me recently for help with focusing and test anxiety. She’d been diagnosed with ADD and was worried about some important national tests she had to take. She also said she wasn’t sleeping very well. I recommended turning off the electronics half an hour before bed and she said her mother had been telling her that for a long time. Guess it takes hearing it from a hypnotherapist, because she took it to heart, reporting on her second session that she was sleeping much better. I asked what she’s doing now with the half hour. “I straighten up my room, I say goodnight to my parents and then I listen to the recording you made for me. I like it this way, it feels calmer. I told my mom what you said and she said, “I’ve been telling you that for years!”

And she passed her exams. “The tests went really really well! I was so focused and very calm. I didn’t get distracted at all by the other people, I was one pointed, just like you taught me.”