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Trouble Sleeping? Think in Color


When I'm having trouble sleeping, I'll try just about anything to get some ZZZs. I've heard about all kinds of shuteye strategies, like improving your bedroom's feng shui, changing your sleep position, and writing down your worries. When I can't sleep, it's often because I'm thinking about something too much, and if I distract myself, I can nod off in no time. Recently, I learned a great way to stop my mind from racing: Think in color.

Here's how it works: Pick a color, any color. Then, start visualizing all the things you can think of that are that color. So, if you are thinking green, you might start with lettuce and celery and move to your new green shoes and the green beer bottles in your fridge. Really, it can be anything. The important thing is not to think about it too much; just to let the images come, flowing slowly into the next. It works because it doesn't require any problem solving or counting — just watching the mental images float by.

I've tried this method several times lately, and it really works like a charm. How about you? Have you tried this and, if so, did it work?

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