by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Do you remember that TV jingle, “Pack up your troubles in a Glad trash bag and smile, smile, smile?” Have you ever thought of applying that sage advice to your insomnia? Is it possible to simply smile your insomnia away?
When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, attitude is everything. If you dread going to bed, then falling asleep won’t be the pleasant, restful experience that it’s meant to be.
If I were a betting woman, I’d bet you haven’t come across this tip for insomnia before. I thought of it after reading two unrelated articles on the Internet and in print and then I put two and two together and came up with this idea. I’ve tried smiling myself for the last couple of nights, just when I shut the lights off, and I really think it makes a bit of a difference.
Benefits of smiling yourself to sleep
- it’s free
- it’s simple
- it’s quiet
- it can’t hurt
- what do you have to lose?
- no one can see you doing it, so they can’t think you’re weird.
Smiling isn’t just a superficial gesture
So the next time you’re tossing and turning in bed, remember to smile. Instead of thinking negatively and saying things to yourself like, “I can’t sleep,” over and over again, change your thoughts to ones that will serve you better. And the best way to flip that switch is to smile.
“But what if I have nothing to smile about?” you ask. That’s easy. Picture yourself out with your nearests and dearests having fun and then somebody says, “Let’s take a photo of us.” Just pretend you’re standing arm and arm with your goofy friends, smiling and posing for a picture. We’ve all done that before, right? That’s it. That’s all you have to do. It doesn’t matter if you’re re-living an old memory or imagining good times in the future, your brain will respond by releasing serotonin into your bloodstream which will automatically uplift your mood.
And then before you know it, you’ll start feeling better and then you’ll fall asleep sooner.
I invite you to try smiling just for fun and let me know if it works for you.