Posted by Sam on May 2, 2013
Most of my blog readers probably know that I have a lot of trouble falling asleep at night. I would estimate my average time to fall asleep from when I lay down is roughly 30-45 minutes and it’s not totally unusual for it to be an hour plus. This has always annoyed me but there wasn’t really much I could do about it. I don’t like the idea of taking a sleeping pills or ZzzQuil or anything like that either. I want to be able to naturally fall asleep and not force it. I’ve learned to accept it. I generally don’t get too anxious about it anymore because I know eventually I’ll fall asleep and that looking at the clock every 10 minutes will only drive myself crazy. This generally where I get my deep thinking done.
But thanks to Slade I’ve had a very pleasant sleep experience the past two nights. As he was leaving a few nights ago and I was getting ready for bed the topic of how long it takes to fall asleep came up. He claimed he almost never goes longer than 10 minutes before falling asleep. I was astonished. What’s his secret. He said nothing too special but sometimes if he really wants to fall asleep he’ll count down from 200 and he “rarely gets to 170” before he’s asleep. How is this possible. I’ve tried counting sheep before, like I would imagine them jumping across from one side to the other and count them, and found that to be more stressful than anything. I figured I would give it a try, what did I have to lose.
*Let it be noted you’re not counting down quickly. I’d say there’s at least 3-4 seconds between each number.
Two nights ago I tried it. I counted all the way down from 200 to zero and while I wasn’t asleep, it was a pleasant experience. It took ~10-15 minutes. My breathing was extremely calm and I just felt very relaxed. I waited another few minutes and then gave it another shot. By the 140’s I started to doze off. Looking back now I realize I was in and out of sleeping. I remember thinking I had to keep going though, I couldn’t stop because I was going to let someone down. Then I would snap out of it and realize I was only doing it for myself, but anytime I let 10 seconds or so go between numbers I would kind of snap up and keep going. By the 90’s I was KO’d for the night. Maybe we’re onto something.
I tried it again last night and it was an even bigger success. I didn’t even make it through the first 200 before falling asleep. I started dozing at 60ish and by 30 I was done. Not only that but I slept incredibly through until 8 this morning when I woke up to piss.
Now the question becomes, will it keep getting easier and easier to fall asleep if I keep doing it? Will I ever hit a point where I don’t have to count in order to fall asleep? Will I just be able to lay there and get tired by association? I sure hope so but as of right now I’m happy with the progress that has been made.