6 Additional Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that Stall Sleep

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

It’s really frustrating when you’re lying in bed, and your thoughts just won’t stop. It might be thoughts about what you need to do tomorrow or thoughts about what went wrong today. Your brain is lit up like a Christmas tree. Your body feels like a firecracker — about to explode with energy and restlessness.

Recently, we shared five tips to reduce or stop racing thoughts – everything from listening to guided meditations to processing the day to setting healthy rules (like not making critical decisions after 9 p.m.). Below you’ll find six more strategies to help.

Keep a running list of worries. Whether your thoughts are about what you have to do or the problems you’re facing, put them down on paper, your smartphone or computer, said Lisa Wright, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist specializing in sleep medicine and health psychology in Orinda, Calif. Think of this as your “worry log.”

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