Can’t Sleep? A Guide to the Land of Nod, Part I

So, you can’t sleep and, instead of tossing around some more in bed, you got up to do some surfing on the web. You found this site and clicked, hoping for some help, eager for a few zzz’s. Well, I might be able to help you by introducing you, one at a time, to a few established principles about sleeping and sleep hygiene. If I don’t help you sleep, then maybe I can help you feel better about not sleeping and use the time you now have awake, productively.

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Principle #1

You may not need to sleep eight hours a night to be able to function.

The eight hours business that you hear everywhere  is just an average, skewed by the double digit slumbers of teenagers. You remember how you slept when you were a teenager, sacked out, dead to the world until noon? Well, if you’re not a teenager, that’s not normal and you don’t need to sleep that way now to feel rested and rejuvenated. Basically, the older people get, the less sleep they need and that need varies with activity and stress level. So, if you can’t sleep, perhaps it’s because right now you just don’t need to sleep, you just want to.

You’ll never believe the number of people who toss and turn all night, trying mightily to get to sleep when they don’t really need to just because they heard that they eight hours are required. It’s better to know your own body and sleep or not sleep according to its dictates rather than trying to conform to some average.


Published by Keith R Wilson

I'm a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor in private practice with more than 30 years experience. My newest book is The Road to Reconciliation: A Comprehensive Guide to Peace When Relationships Go Bad. I recently published a workbook connected to it titled, How to Make an Apology You’ll Never Have to Make Again. I also have another self help book, Constructive Conflict: Building Something Good Out of All Those Arguments. I’ve also published two novels, a satire of the mental health field: Fate’s Janitors: Mopping Up Madness at a Mental Health Clinic, and Intersections , which takes readers on a road trip with a suicidal therapist. If you prefer your reading in easily digestible bits, with or without with pictures, I have created a Twitter account @theshrinkslinks. MyFacebook page is called Keith R Wilson – Author.

2 thoughts on “Can’t Sleep? A Guide to the Land of Nod, Part I

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