How to cure insomnia forever (without drugs)

Modified on by Andrew Cohen



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Are you one of the 40% of the world’s population who reports suffering from bouts of insomnia? I used to be, too. But what if I told you that I permanently cured my insomnia 10 years ago, that I did it without drugs, and that I have a simple secret that you can use to cure insomnia forever? Want to know my secret?

Learn to love your inability to sleep. It doesn’t make much sense, but it can work. Here’s why.

How to Sleep Better

When I say learn to love your insomnia, I don’t just mean sarcastically faking affection for your “disorder”.  I mean that you should literally, deeply love your sleeplessness.

Each night when you can’t sleep, learn to say to yourself “Thank you, brain, for giving me this much-needed quiet time to reflect. I’ve obviously got some more thinking I have to do today!” Then seriously reflect on your day. Trace every minute from when you woke up to when you went to bed, reflecting on who you talked to, what you accomplished, and what you learned. Practice your Spanish or your guitar skills in your head. Practice a mental conversation with someone you’ll be talking to tomorrow. Be really happy that your brain has given you this time to be lying awake and improve yourself.

Over time, as this feeling of happiness becomes more genuine, you’ll realize you’re falling asleep earlier as a by-product. But even if you don’t, your brain is still in better shape the next morning because of your peaceful reflection the previous night (rather than engaging in stressful frustration at your inability to sleep). This is a seriously effective way to deal with sleep problems.

Make Peace with Yourself

Note that this will not work if you are just half-ass pretending to be happy you can’t sleep before that big presentation tomorrow. You have to seriously learn to be happy about it. Be 100% at peace with it. Genuinely accept that you will be just as happy whether you sleep for eight hours or for only one hour tonight, because your extra quiet reflection time will compensate you for any potential physical tiredness you may feel tomorrow.

Of course, even with a great attitude, you will still have the occasional night of sleeplessness, as the normal stresses of life can require some time for you to sort out your head at night. But if you truly love this sleeplessness, then it is not “insomnia”. It’s just a few welcome nights of sleeplessness.

Some other natural tips that will help you sleep better, regardless of your attitude:

  • Write down your persistent thoughts or your to-do list for tomorrow
  • Turn off or fade the lights 30 minutes before bed
  • Don’t drink caffeine within 9 hours of bedtime
  • Exercise during the day
  • Get up and do some yoga moves
  • Have sex

Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Happy bedtimes!



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5 comments

Jasper 1 year ago

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Happy Power 1 year ago

Thank you for writing this article!

Heidrun Smith 1 year ago

When you wake up in the middle of the night, don't fret about it or wonder why you woke up. Get up out of bed and do something, anything that gives you a sense of accomplishment. Empty the dishwasher, dust something, shake out some mats, give the kitty more food, do a cross word puzzle, anything to take the mind off the awakening. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Try some good breathing exercises, stretch on the floor, say a prayer, remember a wonderful time, a great vacation, a beautiful nature scene you experienced. Go back to bed knowing the angels are around you. This too shall pass.

Annalise Gladstone 1 year ago

Heidrun, what a beautiful response. For many of us who experience insomnia, the nagging voice in our head makes it seem as though the sleeplessness will be forever...your image of "this too shall pass" was lovely. Thank you.

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