If only there were an off switch for our brain! Even when you turn the lights off, your brain may be preoccupied with the stress of your day, your work, or your family. Leaving you staring at the ceiling fan for hours without falling asleep.
Getting a great night’s sleep isn’t as easy as it sounds, and having difficulty sleeping is normal now and then. It isn’t all doom and gloom – there are ways to calm your mind from racing at night so you can get that restorative slumber!
What Causes A Racing Mind?
Racing thoughts are fast-moving and usually repetitive thoughts that can overwhelm you, preventing either focus or sleep. Racing thoughts can be about anything from financial issues to work stresses to an embarrassing conversation with your co-worker.
There is not one single cause of racing thoughts. Although racing thoughts are often associated as a symptom of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems, this isn’t the only situation that racing thoughts may occur. Exceptional stress in anyone can create the occurrence of racing thoughts.
Racing thoughts may feel like something out of your control, but this isn’t always the case.
Keep reading for the do’s and don’t of how to calm a racing mind to sleep!
Don’t Lie Awake In Bed
When we finally get to sleep and get rid of all distractions, we are left alone with only our thoughts! It can be frustrating to have trouble falling asleep, leading you into a vicious cycle of worrying about falling asleep. Lying awake in bed allows your mind to worry even more and creates overstimulating a negative relationship with bedtime.
Skip the tossing and turning- if you haven’t fallen asleep in 20 minutes after getting into bed, get up and try a relaxing activity. This can be journaling, reading, or a quick meditation exercise. It may sound counter-productive, but this relaxing activity can occupy your brain in a positive way.
Do Make Your Bedroom a Relaxing Space
Reserve your bedroom for sleep and sleep only! If possible, keep all work-related materials, computers, and screens out of the bedroom. All these items can be stimulating to your brain, making it wander past sleep!
Pro-tip: A clock on your nightstand facing towards your bed may be doing more harm than good. Counting hours of your sleep can make you worry about not getting enough. Remember to set your phone on Do Not Disturb and rotate your clock aways from you before bed.
Don’t Scroll Your Through Your Feed in Bed
Add a buffer zone between screen time and bedtime. Screen time is overstimulating over stimulating the brain, delaying the release of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycles. Having a 30 to 60 minute period dedicated to winding down can cue your brain that it’s time to sleep.
Fill this buffer period with relaxing nighttime rituals. Your relaxing activities are unique to you, but we’ve got some ideas to get you started:
Start A Gratitude Journal!
Keeping a journal filled with all your positive thoughts can break the cycle of your negative mindset. You can fill your journal with appreciative notes about people or opportunities you are thankful for!
Channel Your Inner Bookworm
You can’t stop the thoughts in your brain, but you can distract it! Reading a physical book can be your alternative to screen time before bed. Reading can help get your mind off whatever you may be worried about.
Skincare can be restorative not only to your skin but to your energy! Sometimes skincare can be a meditative and relaxing ritual. Winged’s Radiance Everywhere Lotion has 300 mg of full-spectrum hemp extract to help calm irritated skin. Blended with botanical oils and extracts, this formula nourishes your skin. The subtle, fresh scent of lavender is the perfect fragrance to calm your mind.
Do Try A Relaxation Exercise
Try a relaxing meditation exercise to let go of your worries or thoughts that may be keeping you awake. This can be as simple as a couple of deep breaths or you can try a guided image exercise we love!
- Get comfy, close your eyes, and relax!
- Visualize a scene, memory, or story that you find relaxing. This image will vary for everyone, whether it’s your favorite vacation spot or activity.
- Create a scenario in your mind, developing the details of your story as in-depth as possible.
- Don’t worry if your mind starts to wander. Acknowledge your worry and let it go.
- Continue your guided image exercise until you drift to sleep.
CBD Help With Sleep
Take back the night with the support of our favorite sleep aid: CBD! Many use CBD oil and gummies to save restless nights! CBD directly interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). ECS impacts your body’s functions of sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and circadian rhythms.
Circadian rhythm is an innate biological feature of living organisms that relates to time and life functions. It’s essentially an internal clock that regulates our biological functions over the course of 24 hours. The effect of CBD can help regulate your sleep and wake cycle (one of your circadian rhythms)!
CBD can also suppress other factors that may be taking away your Zzz’s, like stress and pain! The best CBD for sleep will calm your racing mind, relax your muscles and ease discomfort.
Our Sleepy CBD Gummies are uniquely formulated for women, helping you take control of your night. Formulated by a holistic nutritionist, Sleepy combines the power of full-spectrum CBD, evening primrose oil, melatonin, L-Theanine, and other relaxing ingredients to relax your body and get a good night’s sleep!
One ingredient – GABA – in Sleepy gummies is particularly helpful for calming an overactive mind. GABA is a neurotransmitter that “puts the brakes on the brain” so you can fall asleep more easily.
Time To Recharge
We all need sleep to be the best version of ourselves! Winged was created to be a wellness and CBD brand specifically formulated for women. Our ingredients are picked to support struggles unique to women – from sleep troubles to hormonal support! We embrace the power of hemp plants and holistic medicine to empower you!