Help! Too much energy, I can't sleep!
A friend of mine who's been eating almost all raw for the last month shared a recent challenge he's been experiencing:
"Dhru, I've had such an abundance of energy recently (through the raw food), that I'm having trouble going to sleep! I end up laying in bed for one to two hours just sitting around. Any thoughts or techniques that you've found that work? Have you, or anyone you've known, been through similar issues?"
In fact I have had this issue. From my experience it doesn't last too long. It stopped for me once my body adjusted to the new found energy it had. After that, I just needed less overall sleep.
While it was adjusting though, here's a few techniques that worked for me:
- Fall asleep to meditation CD's or audio books: I like Steven Halpern's sleep CD's and Eckhart Tolle's audio books.
- Massage yourself to sleep: Take some raw coconut oil and start with your feet, take your time and work your way up your body to your head. This is a great way to get present to your body and any areas of stored energy or pain it may have. Even if you aren't having sleep problems I would still recommend this technique. Watch out though, oil can get a bit messy if you're actually sitting on your bed.
- Do Something: Hey, if you have the energy, might as well do something with it! Clean up your room, do some mid-night gardening, start a business on the side! Its a great feeling knowing that you are working while the rest of the community is sleeping.
What's worked for you?