- Abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or other relaxation exercises can assist in falling asleep and combating thoughts or feelings that might be inhibiting sleep. See this WebMD progressive muscle relaxation guide for more information.
- A 'racing' or 'busy' mind is sometimes experienced at night when you are trying to fall asleep. This can inhibit sleep, and in turn, poor sleep can worsen stress and worry. If you experience this, one useful technique can be to write down any worries or concerns that you having and briefly considering a 'next-step' you can take to address these worries. Then, when you're going to sleep, you can gently remind yourself that you've already thought about this problem and you will address it the next day.
- Mindfulness meditiation can assist with or complement this technique, and is commonly used to assist with sleeping. For example, Smiling Mind is a free app that you can use to practice meditation and mindfulness exercises. Read more about mindfulness meditation here.
If worry or anxiety is affecting your sleep consistently, or if you are feeling distressed, please reach out for help. Visit the Getting help at ANU page for more information.