5 Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that Stall Sleep

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

I can’t forget to bring that paperwork with me tomorrow! I can’t forget to pay that bill! I need to call the bank! I can’t believe she said that to me. What did he mean by that? What am I going to do about that meeting tomorrow? How can I fix my presentation? There’s no way I can make that deadline! How can I fit everything in???

Maybe these thoughts sound familiar. Or maybe your racing thoughts take on a different theme. But one thing is for certain: They stop you from falling asleep.

Sometimes, racing thoughts plague us because we “…have busy lives and don’t leave ourselves time to plan or organize,” said Amy K. Mistler, Ph.D, a psychologist with Orenstein Solutions in Cary, N.C. who specializes in treating anxiety, depression and insomnia. Your mind starts reviewing everything you need to remember the next day.

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