How To Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep | Jim Donovan | TEDxYoungstown



Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker. His mission is to share the healing power of …

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  1. Did anyone else notice he counted one number for breathing every 8 taps? Definitely a drummer – probably does it unconsciously. I did the same thing as a guitarist!

  2. Sounds familiar. My life in the Army created bad habits. I was getting 4 hours of sleep per night max Mind mind was racing with worries. Even with physical training (PT) each morning It took a huge toll on my health. My BP was stroke zone. CPAP changed my life. So did cutting the caffeine. I have a coffee in the morning but that is it. I also cut the stress which is a killer (retired from military). Finally, I made sure to physically work my body each day, all day, so that I was truly tired by the end of the day, not just mentally exhausted. Save yourselves.

  3. As soon as schools got cancelled I started going to bed at 5am and getting up around 3pm. Now that I'm used to that I'm thinking about getting a graveyard shift lmao.

  4. Here is what helped me.
    There's one simple trick to relax, not even for falling asleep, but it also helped me getting through panic attacks.
    You just inhale for 4 seconds (or you can make same rithm in your head and count on them), then you hold your breath for 7 seconds and then exhale for 8 seconds. 4-7-8, easy to remember.
    During this session try to concentrate on your breathing or heartbeat and try to keep your mind as clear as possible.
    Some time ago your body will come to that relaxed state and you can stop counting, just keep that tempo which your body came to.
    Also for me it's important to lay down the right way. I read about one person, who've founded a perfect way to fall asleep fast.
    You just lay on your right side, extend your right hand up and right leg down. Left leg is folding to your chest (i am trying to bring my left heel to right knee), and you put your left hand near your face.
    When right side begins to sore i turn to the left side, mirroring that pose.
    There is one more fun trick, which KGB agents used to fall asleep fast. You just lay on your back an roll your eyes and don't move, that mimics how your body behaves during the sleep, and somehow should help. Tried this couple of times, and returned to methods i've mentioned above.

  5. I got a better one. Go to bed tired. Try going to the gym, a park to jog, or simply from working too much. This rhythm thing may or may not work but just seems silly to me that people need to do this to sleep.

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