Overcoming Insomnia

Combat insomnia with relaxation, mental voice tone, and visualization.

Stever Robbins
3-minute read
Episode #39

Today's topic is sleep, and how to get there faster.

Denise writes:

Hi, Stever,

Love your website and podcasts...My main problem these days is insomnia. Got any tips for getting a good night's sleep. How do you turn off your brain and prepare your body for sleep?

Hi, Denise. We'll cover several techniques in this episode. The quick and dirty summary? Get your busy thoughts onto paper, then orient your mind to slow, drifty, sleepiness. By the way, if you're listening to this while driving or operating heavy machinery, pause it and listen later. You need to stay alert and awake. Otherwise you could miss that road-runner that zipped by, chased by a coyote holding a box of ACME Road-Runner food. If you're not driving, keep listening.

I used to try what most people do: worry. Talk to myself. I'd say things like, "I didn't get my taxes done today. I really should do them tomorrow. And what about that proposal I'm late for? And you know, that Safeway checkout clerk was a real jerk. Hey, clerk and jerk, that rhymes. I wonder what rhymes with 'checkout'?" Gee, that's a real recipe for going down to happy-safe-sleep land.

To stop worrying, keep a pad and pencil next to your bed. Before your head hits the pillow for a good night's sleep, jot down all the things you have to worry about on the pad. Let the pad worry for you. Tomorrow morning, you can start the day by re-reading your list and worrying again. Or you can do like I do and "accidentally" light the pad on fire with a blowtorch. Either way, your head is now clear and ready for sleep.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.