All over the world, life as we know it has been transformed.
We’re “hunkering down,” adjusting, and are trying to make the best with what we’ve got.
Despite all the uncertainty and changes from day-to-day, I wanted to remind you how important it is to keep a certain routine a consistent priority in your household.
I’m talking about sleep.
And if all the stress and anxiety we’re all facing right now are keeping you from getting the restorative rest your body needs, I have one unconventional solution that can help. (Even the kids can join in!)
A good night’s sleep is non-negotiable
The fact is, in order to function optimally, every single system within your body needs you to get regular, high-quality sleep.
And when you don’t get enough rest, not only is your body failing to perform at its full potential, but your risk for serious conditions—like Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity—skyrocket.
So if you’re having trouble silencing your racing thoughts at bedtime—whether you’ve been struggling for years, or only just recently—I have some good news…
Today I’m going to share an extremely effective—but little-known—technique that can lull even the most anxious minds to sleep in four minutes or less.
Rethinking rhythm for sleep
After years of lying wide awake, watching the hours on the clock tick by, I finally decided to do something about my very obvious sleep issue.
I tried all the “sleepytime” teas, melatonin, essential oils, limiting my screen time... you name it. But nothing seemed to really do the trick.
Then one day, after teaching a drum workshop, it finally dawned on me…
I often started my classes with the same rhythmic warm-up exercise, where we simply drummed to a steady beat in unison. This was meant to break the ice and get everyone focused… which it did. But to my surprise, it also helped my students do something else…
After every class, seemingly without fail, a student would tell me how relaxed that simple drumming exercise made them feel.
That night, I decided to see if this simple drumming exercise could have the same effect for me…
Of course, instead of using a drum, I sat on the side of my bed and tapped my fingers quietly on my lap.
After about four minutes of tapping onto my lap, my eyes got heavy. So I laid down and closed them. And when I opened them, it was the next morning.
I had slept for more than seven hours… It was, without a doubt, the best night of sleep I’d gotten in a long, long time.
The beauty of Brain Tapping
I call this technique “Brain Tapping,” since it triggers the frequency following response. Basically, this is a phenomenon where your brainwaves can’t help but follow repetitive rhythmic patterns.
And whenever you’re stressed out or your mind is racing, it’s likely that your brainwaves are moving way too fast for sleep. All you have to do is use the frequency following response to slow them down.
And a sleep-inducing rhythmic tempo, like Brain Tapping, can do just that.
For about 10 years now, I’ve been using Brain Tapping every night to help prepare my body for sleep.
The bottom line? Constantly prioritizing high-quality sleep is one of the easiest, most effective ways to improve your performance, the quality of your day, and protect your health.
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Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep. (n.d.) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Retrieved from: ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/
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