When I couldn't sleep, I used to recite the alphabet backwards or list the 50 states in reverse alphabetical order. Recently I started spelling the 50 states backwards, in alphabetical order. (A-M-A-B-A-L-A…A-K-S-A-L-A…A-N-O-Z-I-R-A…) I’m usually asleep somewhere between Georgia and Montana.
While using this technique to quiet my mind, I started to wonder what mental tricks or games other people use to go to sleep. The next day I asked a couple of people how they count sheep. While my methods always revolve around letters and alphabetical order, one friend’s technique was entirely visual and a still another’s approach was connected to her body. I was excited to find, in my teeny tiny sampling, three vastly different approaches.
I’m putting together a new book/zine project about this and want to hear from you. What do you do when you’re lying awake in bed? How do you focus or quiet your brain to get to sleep?
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