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I live a very fortunate life. My biggest problem last week was a missing pillow case to an EXTRA sheet set. I discovered it was missing while reorganizing the linen closet and tore the house apart looking for it. I still haven’t found it and that annoys me more than the fact it is missing. Day to day, I am fortunate enough that I don’t have to worry about REAL problems, yet somehow, when I lay down to sleep, I am suddenly faced with bigger serious concerns that didn’t exist in my mind earlier that day. Sometimes the concerns are legitimate, just magnified, and sometimes they are so silly that the next morning I don't even understand why I let them get to me.
I’ve made an effort not to try to go to sleep until I am really tired, but even then, the second my head hits the pillow, I’m often confronted with worries that previously seemed unnecessary. I’m sure this worrisome wakefulness is due to a combination of my brain not being otherwise occupied and anxiety. For the past 8 months my anxiety has thankfully been virtually non-existent, and I can’t pinpoint any event or issue that could be triggering this new nighttime anxiousness.
Admittedly this form of anxiety is significantly easier to deal with than my former struggles, but I am really starting to miss my effortless sleep. I’m starting to dread going to bed and having to face the worries that will inevitably surface. I’ve found reading until I can’t keep my eyes open to works pretty well, but that means I am usually up much later and I am getting less sleep than I’d like.
Do you struggle with turning off your mind when you’re trying to sleep? What works for you?