Falling asleep can be hard for some people. But not for good sleepers. They have a secret weapon: their thoughts.
Research shows that good sleepers think positive thoughts while falling asleep. They focus on pleasant memories, gratitude, or relaxation.
On the other hand, bad sleepers think negative thoughts while falling asleep. They worry about the past, the future, or their problems.
Cognitive restructuring is a technique that helps you replace negative thoughts with positive ones. It can improve your mood and your sleep.
To do cognitive restructuring, follow these steps: 1. Identify your negative thoughts. 2. Challenge their accuracy and logic. 3. Replace them with positive thoughts.
For example, if you think “I’ll never fall asleep”, you can challenge it by asking “Is this true? Is this helpful?” Then, you can replace it with “I can fall asleep”.
If you want to fall asleep faster and sleep better, try thinking like a good sleeper. Use cognitive restructuring to change your negative thoughts into positive ones.