How to Calm a Busy Mind to Improve Sleep

“Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life's feast, and the most nourishing.”

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

So why do our bodies seem to always fight against us when it’s time to hit the hay? In the morning, we have a difficult time waking up and all we want to do is stay in bed. We know that sleep is important for us and we know we feel better after a good night of sleep.

Studies show that about one-third of the population experiences insomnia. Sleep is something that our bodies naturally want to do, so why are so many people suffering from the inability to sleep restoratively? There are a few ways that insomnia can affect individuals, but we’re going to focus on sleep-initiation insomnia: difficulty getting to sleep.

There are many reasons why getting to sleep can be so difficult, and I’m going to focus on two big ones.