Trouble Sleeping? Try Gratitude!

Night time is often a very mentally active time for people (me included).  It is the time when we are finally still enough for all those thoughts we’ve held at bay to come to the forefront.  Sometimes they are worries and other times they are creative ideas.  Whatever the purpose behind them, they can make falling (or staying) asleep difficult.

I read a wonderful article by Leta Miller in Science of Mind Magazine on Sunday.  In it, Miller shared a technique she uses combining gratitude with a way to still the mental chatter.  She recommends going through the “ABC’s of gratitude” to help yourself be still and fall asleep.  It works like this:  Start with “A” and think of something you are grateful for that starts with that letter (for instance Angels or Air to breathe).  Continue this process with all the letters of the alphabet (or as many as you get through before you fall asleep).  She also recommends using a shorter word during the day when you need a little gratitude pick me up.  Try using your name or a focus word like peace.

I was having some trouble sleeping last night and I used this technique.  It worked wonderfully!  What a good way to keep your mind focused on positive things while also allowing you to relax enough to fall asleep!

Blessings to you and yours!


Nancy Nicholas is an Intuitive Life Coach who provides spiritual insight with practical coaching to empower positive change.  She offers empowerment readings, products, and programs to empower you to nurture yourself, grow your gifts, and create a life you love!  Learn more at her website:


About Nancy Nicholas-Intuitive Life Coach

Nancy Nicholas is an intuitive life coach. Her clients are often struggling with feelings of powerlessness because of a health situation, relationship, their sensitivity, or their career. She provides spiritual insight with practical coaching to empower them to create positive change and greater well-being. Check out her blog website for information on empowerment readings, spiritual mentoring, workshops and more!

Posted on August 29, 2011, in Nurture Yourself and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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