I Can't Sleep
When I'm stressed out, I have a hard time falling asleep. As soon as I lay down, my mind goes into over drive and starts re-playing everything that happened in the day as well as all the things I need to get done.
It drives me crazy. I can lay in bed for hours thinking about millions of different things and then before I know it, it's morning and time to get up for work.
However, lately I've been trying a new tactic that seems to work pretty well most of the time. When I lay down at night, instead of letting my mind run wild, I direct a story in my head.
I pretend that I'm in a fairy tale. Usually I'm either a princess or a troll or some other fairy tail character and I'll pretend that I'm roaming the land looking for a place to sleep. Using an imaginary land with imaginary characters helps to keep my mind off of the real issues and people in my life. And by making the story a "mission" to find a place to sleep, I'm able to keep in mind that I'm tired and that I should be sleeping. I always imagine doing lots of walking and searching, the kinds of things that would actually make me tired.
Most nights it seems to work pretty well for me and I fall asleep before I ever find a place to sleep in my fairy tale.
If anyone tries this or something like it, let me know how it goes!