I hear it all the time from my patients…
“I can’t shut off my brain!”
“I stare at the clock for hours”
“The night time anxiety is making me nuts!”
If, like most people, you’ve struggled at bedtime because of stress and an overactive mind, you’ve experienced firsthand the strong connection between stress and an inability to fall asleep.
Here’s how I’d explain it:
Racing thoughts do two things: they increase your negative emotional states like fear, worry, and anxiety AND they cause your body to get physically tense and restless. I often call this WIRED AND TIRED. Under stress, the body releases more of several hormones—including adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine—that boost energy and alertness, raise heart rate and blood pressure, and prime the body for the primal “fight or flight” response. Let’s face it, you can’t fight or fly when you are trying to fall asleep!
These hormonally-driven responses to stress all contribute to:
So, what can you do?
Deep, slow, timed self-aware breathing is an ancient, powerful way to ease the mind and clear the body of stress and tension, and a great way to relax as part of a nightly transition to sleep.
That’s why I’m very excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with the makers of a very special new non-pharmaceutical technology for relaxing before bedtime – Dodow!
Whenever you take a deep inhale and hold your breath, you’re increasing the body’s oxygen level, allowing your body to have to work slightly less hard to function. This lowers your heart rate.
This is the secret hack to falling asleep very few people know: the human body cannot get to a state of unconsciousness when the heart rate is more than 60 beats per minute.
By deep breathing before bedtime, you’re mimicking the breathing patterns of sleep onset, and nudging your body and mind toward its all-important period of rest.
There’s only one problem – when you have racing thoughts, it’s pretty darn hard to stay focused on your breathing long enough to fall asleep.
Dodow solves that by giving you something to focus on – a gentle pulsing blue light – that you can time your breathing to. This forces you to focus… you simply cannot think of timing your breathing and anything else at the same time! It’s genius!
Now you may be saying to yourself, BLUE LIGHT?? But I thought that blue light before bed was bad? This is NOT that type of light. This light was designed to be easy on the eye and not disruptive to sleep.
Click the link below to find out more about how you can try Dodow for 30 days with no risk.
As always, wishing you the sweetest dreams,
Dr. Michael Breus, PhD aka The Sleep Doctor
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