Mindful Monday – How to Catch More Zzzz’s

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

Sleep – the elusive butterfly. It flits around at night taunting us with promises of sweet relaxation and blissful dreams. Every living being needs sleep. Sounds easy, right? So, exactly, how many of you get enough sleep? Between job stress, family issues, and worry about just about everything else in the world, sleep has become something we all wish we had more of. Add into the mix the upcoming holiday season and we have a recipe for distress!

There are various causes to our lack of sleeplessness. Maybe we have some type of health issues that disrupt our sleep. If that is your situation, it is best left to discussions with your physician to help you resolve those problems. The same would go for insomniacs, people who habitually cannot sleep.

What about the majority of us who don’t fall into those categories? There are some easy steps you can take and there are home remedies that do work. Practiced in conjunction with a nightly meditation session, you will find some relief.

Draxe.com/can’t-sleep shares “20 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast:”


Many times our sleeplessness is caused by our own mistakes. Eating too much, a late night cocktail, or simply staying up too late and getting up too early. Mindbodygreen.com
shares “7 Sleep Mistakes You Don’t Know You are Making, and How to Fix Them:”


Here is my favorite 10 minute guided meditation to ease anxiety, worry, and urgency from Positive Magazine Meditation Relaxation Inspiration. I like to listen to this video sometimes when I am worried about something and feel like I just cannot let go of it. I use ear buds with my tablet and just lay back and listen to the soothing words.

One of my favorite websites, “No Sleepless Nights.com” reveals relaxation techniques to help you calm your mind so you can get a good night’s sleep. Here is another video to take you through a guided muscle relaxation process from inner health studio:

If all else fails, I get up and read a book and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Chamomile tea is one that helps me relax.

Here is another link from No Sleepless Nights.com that talks about all the different kinds of teas to help you sleep. I found it interesting that No Sleepless Nights.com suggests there is no real scientific evidence that drinking tea will help you sleep. Many ancient and folk remedies used teas and tinctures for healing. I have to say that if it works for you, go for it!

Remember to consult your doctor if your sleeplessness interferes with you living your life. Lack of sleep is nothing to mess with! Sleep well my friends. ❤

Would you like to share your mindfulness journey with others? If you are interested in sharing your goals or aspirations, I want to highlight your journey here on Silver Threading. Please send me an email at silverthreading@gmail.com and I will be happy to feature you on a guest post.

Remember, this is not a challenge.  This is an offering of support.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary.  My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.



  1. Hooray! It seems I’m not making any of the 7 most common sleep mistakes. I think it can only mean that I’m making a bunch of wholly novel mistakes that no one else has ever thought of before.

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  2. Lots of good advice and tips here, Colleen. I usually do a bit of journaling. Writing down the things I have to do the next day gets the list out of my head where it might keep me awake and also makes me feel I have already achieved something by organising my to-do list.

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  3. Maybe it’s in my DNA, but I seem to prefer the farmer’s schedule. Up before sunrise and wide awake (never needed an alarm…ever), then crashing by 9-10 pm. It is great now that I can nap in the afternoon hours, when my energy lags. This is a wonderful post, Colleen, with so many good tips.

    I do have that nuclear brain sometimes, wake up with ideas/thoughts that I need to tame. Not so often anymore, but when it happens, I don’t fight it. I just get up and make up the sleep later.

    Thanks for this one. ☺☺

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  4. Colleen, you must have read my mind! Lately, I’ve been suffering from waking up several times during the night…I fear it’s because I sleep with my smartphone next to my bed and keep checking for emails etc. during the night ..it’s a terrible habit I have so I really must heed to the advice here about not allowing technology in the bedroom! I use my phone as an alarm but I’ve got to go back to using a regular alarm clock!
    And thank you for the links to the meditation videos…Much appreciated…there’s so much out there, it’s good to get a recommendation for one you’ve enjoyed.
    Happy Mindful Week!!!!
    🙂 Lia

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    1. Lia… Get that phone out of your room. Sleep is too precious! I even have trouble with clocks if they are not dim enough. Let me know how it goes. I read before bed. It helps to get me sleepy. 💗 Sleep well, Lia.

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          1. Yea, Lia! I am so glad to hear that. Have a fun day and eats tons of yummy food. We’re having Thanksgiving pizza! Ron and I are playing Wii bowling. Cold and snowy here today. Have a great day, sweet Lia. 💗💗🍗🍗⛄⛄

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          2. Colleen, that sounds like an amazing way to celebrate!!! I’m thinking of you both in your new home on this holiday … What a fantastic Thanksgiving it will be! I’m off to NJ soon. It’s 58 degrees and sunny here. Sending you warmth, joy, love and friendship! I’m soooo grateful for you!

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  5. Great post and some good tips……I just go head, pillow, die which is great but if I wake after 5 hours then the brain just goes ping and that is fatal as I can’t lay there awake and have to get up..writing at 3am is not good 🙂 as tired by mid afternoon but I just power nap to catch up..seems to be a writers lot 🙂 but in the mainworks for me 🙂

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    1. My husband hits the pillow and he is out. Sleeps great through the night and up at 5:30 a.m. It takes me a couple of hours to un-lax and sleep. That is why I started reading before bed. That really seems to work well for me. The best thing to do is stay away from sleeping pills bought over the counter. They are just plain bad for you all around. I hope some of these ideas help you. Some of these sleep issues change as we age I read also. Great. That figures. ❤ LOL! 😀

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      1. Oh no! Pills are a definite no , I like to be in control..reading relaxes me too and I did reading the other night when I woke at silly o’clock…it did work ..just have a brain that goes ping and starts writing in my head once it thinks I have had enough sleep..ha ha…:)


  6. Hi Collen..a question how do you get on just using reader? Also WP bunnies seem to have removed the option to stop recieving e-mail and you can only unfollow? Either that or they have put that option in some black hole which I can’t find now…an ideas? 🙂

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    1. I believe it is in settings. It is good following the reader. It was too stressful with all the emails. I also Google my favorite blogs and visit that way. Much easier. I will look for that option for you. 💗

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      1. Hi Found it! Those pesky WP happiness engineers changed it’s location and hid it…. ..there is a arrow to the left of the blog title under manage blogs that you click but thank Coleen I think I will try your way the e-mails are definately too much to cope with ..Hugs ❤ 🙂

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  7. I’m fortunate to have a life that lets me sleep and wake when I’m ready. I seldom have trouble falling asleep, and, when I do, it tends to be because I have an early engagement the day after…or because characters in my head won’t stop giving me their lives…

    Interestingly, I make several of these ‘mistakes’ regularly, without trouble. I have noticed that I seem to be nocturnal during new and full moons (and I know many people who share that experience, at least during full moons).

    Always a pleasure to see you! =)

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  8. Hi Colleen, great advice in this post. I’ve passed it on to John as he is a very poor sleeper, whereas I sleep well just about every night. I find going to bed only when I am tired, helps. Just one thought on reading in bed. What about the case of using a Kindle? Being electronic does it emit too much of the blue light you talk about?

    Happy Thanksgiving to Ron and you. I wish you both a wonderful day. ❤

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    1. Hi, Hugh. Good question about the Kindle. I have not found that it messes with my sleep. Mine is adjustable and I keep it quite dark. I can’t read from my tablet at all. The light is really bright compared. You and my Ron are the same. He can sleep at the drop of his head on the pillow. My mind doesn’t shut down. I have to trick it. Remember how I was having my PG Tips at night? I had to stop that and switch to herbal tea. I am drinking PG Tips during the day now along with green tea. A much better combination. We are enjoying our Thanksgiving. Ron is watching football and I just ordered some towels and a new comforter for our bed. It is starting to snow outside and getting colder. All is comfy here in Colorado. I hope you an John are well. ❤ Happy Thursday. Hugs to you both! 😀


      1. Hi Colleen, thanks for the info on the Kindle. I don’t read in bed as I can get to sleep quite easily. However, the information has come in useful as I’m going to buy John one for Christmas in the hope that it will help him get to sleep more easily.

        I’m so very pleased to hear you have settled into your new home. It sounds a wonderful place and I hope we get to see lots more photos.

        News from me is that we have now sold our house in Hove. It’s all happened in the last week. We have put an offer on a new home in West Wales but it won’t be ready until early March. That means we’ll be moving into our holiday home in South Wales towards the end of January and putting all the furniture from the house here into storage. So, a move is now on the cards for us as well. Exciting times ahead I hope 🙂

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        1. How exciting, Hugh. Congratulations on the house sale. You are going to be busy! Wish I could help you make quick work of it all! I know nothing of Wales (please share more). You must tell me more about your new house. I am going to do a post about mine soon. I am so excited for you guys! 🏠💗

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  9. I certainly will, Colleen. If we pay the new house a visit I’ll take some pictures. It’s all under construction at the moment. John is very excited about choosing kitchen units, tiles, carpets, curtains…
    Me on the other-hand…yarn 🙂 I am excited about the move though.

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    1. LOL! I love it, Hugh. We were lucky enough to have found this house brand new and already built with the selections made so as not to hold up our move. I really love the layout with an upstairs and downstairs. I haven’t had a two story house since England. 😀 What fun. John and I would have a blast! You and my Ron would be bored to tears. 😀 ❤


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