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Simple technique for falling back asleep that really works!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 by  
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With such a poor night’s sleep on Sunday night, I was really feeling terrible by yesterday afternoon. Not just tired, but almost like I was getting sick. I decided to skip yesterday afternoon’s workout (doing heavy deads when you can barely function is probably not a very smart idea), and for meal #5 I made myself some chicken noodle soup and took some extra vitamin C.

I went to bed very early last night – around 8:00 PM. Despite being ridiculously tired, I still woke up twice last night. Each time I woke up my mind was racing, and I could tell that I was going to have trouble falling back asleep… or would I?

Yesterday I received an email from a forum member named John Fleming (forum username “flem1064”). In this email he outlined a very simple technique that he thought might help me fall back asleep. Here’s the email:


I just ready about your recent bout with waking up and having too much on your mind. The following is the only technique I have found to get your mind to forget about these details and let you fall back asleep:

1. Close your eyes
2. Rapidly look to the left and then to the right, back and forth, repeat as long as necessary to start “disrupting” your thoughts of everything on your mental to-do list.

For me, within 5-10 minutes I have fallen back asleep.

I have read that this back and forth eye movement is what happens when you are in a REM state of sleep. I have also read that this technique is used on victims of traumatic experiences, to give them a way to put the recurring experience out of their mind temporarily and help them fall asleep.

Hopefully, you haven’t tried this yet, and it works for you.

Take care,
John Fleming

The first time I woke up last night and tried this technique I remember thinking, “Oh, this is taking too much concentration I’ll never fall back asleep!” That’s the last thing I remember thinking until I woke back up several hours later. It really worked! When I woke back up I performed the same technique and the next thing I knew it was morning. I feel 100% better now, and well rested. If you have trouble sleeping you’ve got to try this – it really works! THANK YOU JOHN!”

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