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Creative Insomnia


Dr. Weil’s Technique

I challenge this! How many creative people have trouble falling asleep every night? Calming the mind and stopping the ideas from flowing in is supremely difficult for me.  I will give this breathing technique a shot.

Many people are able to do their best work upon awakening. Why is that? Could it be that a good night sleep acts as a reset button and clears away all the clutter from the day before?

I find that my best and longest state of sleep is right before I wake up.  Then it seems logical that morning time would be my most productive time when the creative sparks come flying at me and are more easily deciphered.  But there is always a part of me that defies falling asleep for fear of letting time get away from me.  Could I be a workaholic? Nah. My work is my passion and my brain is onto the next project before the one at hand is complete.  However, I need to discipline myself more as far as regular sleeping hours go.  So tonight…

It doesn’t take much but some simple breathing techniques called the 4-7-8 method:

Step 1: Press the tip of your tongue against the hard ridge of tissue behind your upper front teeth and keep it there.

Step 2: Exhale all of your breath out.

Step 3: Inhale, quietly, through your nose for four seconds.

Step 4: Hold that breath for seven seconds.

Step 5: Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound, for eight seconds.

And then repeat it four times.

~Dr. Andrew Weil~