Insomnia; You’ve bored yourself to tears counting sheep, you moved on to goats, cows and other farm animals. The fact is, trying to force yourself to sleep is stressful business. And the harder you try to fall asleep, the more your body rebels, knotting itself into a tightly wound ball of tension.
Before you give up and resort to sleeping pills, try this simple, safe technique that’s helped many people loosen up and fall asleep naturally…progressive relaxation. This simple technique helps you unkink your tense muscles, one body part at a time. Here’s how it works:
As you’re lying in bed waiting for sleep, clench your right fist as tightly as you can. Hold for about 10 seconds; release the tension immediately and completely, as though you were turning off a switch. All the tension should drain out of your body. Feel the looseness in your right hand and notice how much more relaxed it seems. Now do the same thing with your left hand, then clench both fists at the same time and relax them.
Next, bend your elbows and tense your arms. Hold a moment, then relax your muscles and let your arms sink into the mattress. Continue by tensing and relaxing your head and brows. Then squeeze your eyes and clench your jaw. Finally, tense and then relax your stomach, lower back, buttocks, thighs, calves and feet. By the time you’re finished, your whole body should feel limp, relaxed and ready for sleep.