Calm an Overactive Mind to Sleep Well – 10 Tips

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Calming an overactive mind will enable you to sleep better which is imperative for your overall health and wellbeing especially when facing any chronic health issues. Improving your night’s sleep doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, although it could. Instead, why not start making some adjustments to calm your mind before bed? I know when my mind is on overdrive, I don’t have my best night’s sleep. But when I follow this routine, I sleep so well through the night.

Let’s learn more about the busy mind.

Why is your Mind Overactive?

There could be several reasons for why your mind is overactive, interfering with your sleep:

  • You have had too much caffeine and/ or sugar.
  • You are worried about something.
  • You read a stimulating book or watched an intense show shortly before bed.
  • Your hormones are not in balance.
  • You are a highly sensitive person and naturally a bit sensitive to things.
  • You have a high intelligence and your brain is revved up naturally like a Ferrari.
  • You chronically overthink things/ chronic worrier.
  • You have an intense job and/or intense day-to-day living situation.
  • Past or current traumas.
  • You haven’t had proper rest, relaxation and recovery time.

Consider this a non-scientific overactive brain test: if you answered yes to one or more, chances are your overactive mind has been that way for awhile. In any case, most of these overactive mind symptoms can change with behavior modifications or proactive coping skills.

Many times, the overactive mind and anxiety go hand in hand. Anxiety can appear in many different forms and can lead to the same sleep issues. But if you don’t get a handle on it, it can really wreak havoc on your ability to sleep and heal long term.

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Why You Need a Nighttime Routine

On overactive brain can prevent you from getting the sleep you need to heal from hormone imbalance, ongoing pain and infertility.

Sleep is super important!

Study after study have shown that sleep in the right amounts helps you to:

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • maintain hormonal balance
  • help positive mood and outlook
  • maintains optimal cognitive function
  • maintains healthy digestion processes
  • restores wear and tear from the prior day
  • helps millions of bodily processes occur

Having a nighttime routine will help you wind down and ease any anxiety you may have. It may help you address aspects to your anxiety you weren’t aware of and start making positive changes in your life.

How Do You Calm an Overactive Mind to Sleep Well?

Tame your overstimulated mind with these tips and practices.

Overactive Mind Tip #1: Exercise earlier in the day.

Are you exercising daily? I don’t mean you have to be doing a hard core workout, but are you moving at least 20-45 minutes per day? Exercise is important because it helps us to relieve the stress and tension, release endorphins/feel good hormones and stay in the present moment. Plus, the extra oxygen helps to renew our entire bodies including our minds which are wired to operative optimally when we exercise.

Exercise is especially important if you have a job where you sit all day and/or use a lot of cognitive processing power. You’ll sleep better if you give your mind a break and move around. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime.

Overactive Mind Tip #2: Journal.

Journaling can help you write out and see what you are thinking and process what you are feeling. It can help you problem solve when you try and answer open ended questions related to what is most on your mind. Plus, when you brainstorm in your journal, you engage the part of your mind that deals in creativity. This creativity will continue processing while you sleep.

Overactive Mind Tip #3: Use a planner and make lists.

Have too much to do and not enough time to do it? If you start jotting down what you need to do the next day, you can off load that task from your mind and let it relax a bit more. Check out my favorite planners in the post listed below.

Overactive Mind Tip #4: Skip the Caffeine.

While some people can handle require a cup of coffee in the morning, it can be overdone. Coffee, just like sugar too late into the day can really intensify an already jam-packed mind. If you’re looking to calm down, stick to herbal tea like chamomile.

Overactive Mind Tip #5: Don’t go to bed hungry, but eat three hours before bed.

If you skip a meal before bedtime you may stress your body out, and if you eat too close to when you go to bed, you might not feel great either. Make a healthy dinner early in the evening that will leave you feeling satiated to make it until the next morning.

Overactive Mind Tip #6: Consciously relax each part of your body while in bed.

This is one of my favorite tricks. Doing this will quickly help you relax and you may even fall asleep as you relax each part of your body.

Overactive Mind Tip #7: Stop working an hour before bedtime.

Whether you are working because you love your jobs, are a workaholic or need to, try your best to set boundaries around bedtime. Put your phone away to charge elsewhere. Give your mind some time to calm and get sleepy.

Overactive Mind Tip #8: Have a set bedtime.

Remember those routines from when you were a kid, the set bedtime and all? Well, those were actually helpful because kids thrive on routine. Your body, might as well. Try setting a bedtime and stick with it for a week. See how you feel. Your mind may start to process that it’s time to wind down for the evening all on its own.

Overactive Mind Tip #9: Read before bed.

Maybe put the true crime or disaster novels on the shelf. Read the bible or something else that is comforting and enjoyable. I bet you’ll feel your eyelids getting heavy after 30 minutes.

Overactive Mind Tip #10: Spend time in prayer.

Prayer is an intimate act between you and your Creator and Savior. Prayer time can help you cut through to what is the most important, and to give your burdens to God to handle while you are asleep. Anyone else remember the child’s night prayer?

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Conclusion

No matter what you have going on, you’ll never be at your best unless you can calm your mind enough for a good night’s sleep, unwind and let go. You are a beautiful being and you deserve to feel at peace and to enjoy life, not just feel burdened by it.

Take stock into what is driving your mind into overdrive and release that stuff.

Let me know how it works out for you in the comments section! You’re lovely! 🙂

Disclaimer: This post is intended for informational purposes only. I’m not a qualified practitioner and I’m not encouraging anyone else to do this. Please consult a qualified practitioner before implementing these things or changing your current treatment plan. If you think you have overactive mind disorder please seek the help of a trusted medical provider.

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