Dr Oz: Record Your Thoughts Before Bed
Does your mind race as soon as your head hits the pillow at night? If so, Dr Oz had a power plan to stop your mind from racing and help you stay asleep. First, Dr Oz welcomed Dr Carol Ash, who suggested using your phone to record your stream of consciousness before bed. She suggested recording all your thoughts for 10 minutes straight, about 30 minutes before bed. When you sleep on things, your brain can come up with solutions and when you listen to your recording, you have more of a third-person view of things.
Dr Oz tried the technique himself and found that he slept immensely better!
Dr Oz: Pre-Bedtime Movement Routine
Next, Dr Oz welcomed a former monk, Pedram Shojai, who said it’s about increasing the “depth of the ocean of the mind so we don’t have the choppy waters at the bottom affecting all of us.” He said it’s important to create distance from noise, and suggested a pre-bedtime movement routine to switch the brain into sleep-mode. He then demonstrated a routine you can do right in your own bed.
First, do the spiral revolution when you twist and coil into a ball on the inhale and push out on the exhale. Also, put your hands on your abdomen and take some deep breaths, paying attention to the movement.
Dr Oz then introduced a woman who tries to get to bed around 10 or 11:00 each night, but her mind is always racing about things she has to do for her nine kids. She has tried everything from tea and warm milk to wine, but nothing has seemed to work!
Dr Oz: Read An Instruction Manual
Her lack of sleep is affecting her health, which is why Dr Ash suggested she get up out of bed and go into another room without turning any lights on. She also suggested she grab an instruction manual for something in her house and read it, because it’s just enough to keep your mind engaged while blocking out racing thoughts without waking up the brain. Then, go back to bed, except this time sleep in the opposite direction, with your feet at the head of the bed.
Dr Oz: Do You Struggle To Wake Up
On the other hand, if you have a hard time waking up in the morning, Dr Carol Ash looked into the real reasons behind being unable to wake up and get out of bed. Dr Ash explained that there’s something called confusional arousal, more commonly known as sleep drunkenness. It’s when you’re caught between not being fully awake and being partly asleep. Those episodes can last between five and 15 minutes, leading to confusion, slurred speech, memory problems, and in extreme cases, violence.
Dr Oz spoke with a woman who needs four alarm clocks to get her out of bed in the morning. Dr Ash said you should think of your brain as having two engines: one for movement and one for cosciousness. If you wake up normally, your brain is working as one, in sync. Dr Ash suggested an alarm clock that arouses more than just one sense. Instead of just sound, try an alarm clock with light. You can also set your coffee pot to go off at the time your alarm goes off, so you can wake up to a smell you enjoy.
Dr Oz: Mind-Body Integration
Finally, you can work on mind-body integration by practicing balancing exercises to increase body awareness. You want to balance your brain with your body, so try balancing with your eyes closed.