Thinking and Sleeping: What to Think About When You Go to Bed

A Bed and an Alarm Clock

The processes of thinking and sleeping still pose some of the greatest riddles to scientists. Despite the fact that nowadays both science and medicine can use extremely powerful and accurate equipment to investigate what happens inside a human brain under different conditions, researchers aren’t always able to explain what exactly they see on the monitors or what the research data want to tell them.

Nevertheless, without any statistics and experiments we know perfectly that our thoughts are those mighty guys that can either help us when we’re in a real trouble, or shatter our peace and quiet when we need them most of all.

Right, we’re going to talk about your thoughts, dreams, the way you sleep, and their joint influence on your next morning and, consequently, your next day.

Bedtime Thinking

It’s been a long day, full of challenges and gains. You’ve learned some new things, faced some new problems, had some new arguments and made some new progress. A huge heap of various information has been inserted or uploaded, call it as you like, into your head. Whatever, this day is over, and you can finally have some rest in your warm cozy bed. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

But there’s no rest for the weary.

Now imagine your brain sorting all the information out, identifying what is what and analyzing why you need it, saving or deleting it, and arranging everything in orderly symmetrical pigeonholes. The speed which these reactions or processes happen with is really incredible! You can’t feel it, fortunately. Otherwise, you might simply go mad.

However, you should know that this is what your brain always does while you’re trying to fall asleep. No matter, whether you want it or not, your brain needs to do it in order to function properly after you wake up. Besides, it creates a program you will unconsciously follow your whole next day long.

Consequently, if you want to have a good day regardless of the weather forecast, spilled coffee and another math test, you need to take control over your thinking before you go to bed. In this way you can dictate your brain what it must and mustn’t think about, therefore consciously helping it create the next-day program you want to follow.

Your Brain Is Its Own Boss

Brain Is Like a Mechanism
A few years ago The Huffington Post published an article which discussed a few very interesting things our brains normally do when we’re sleeping peacefully. The information they provided was based on several different kinds of research, conducted at the University of California, the University of Rochester and a few other establishments and commented by prominent scientists.

Let’s have a quick look at some of them.

Making New Decisions

Your brain can make decisions while you’re sleeping. No, the brain isn’t a magic device which can decide everything for you without involving your conscious considerations, but in some situations it could be really great. It would be more correct to say that your brain calmly analyzes the information it stores and prepares that actual and factual base of reasons and arguments you use to make your final decision the next day.

Upgrading the Memory

While processing the data you’ve received during the day, your brain tries to consolidate the new information and the information it already knows. As a result of particular complex processes, the memories or knowledge you have are interconnected with the absolutely new data taken from the brand-new facts, actions or emotions you’ve learnt or experienced for the very first time.  This is how your memory is operated.

Clearing Toxins Out

The research has shown that during the sleep our brain can clean out some harmful molecules which affect neurons and thus are associated with neurodegeneration. Our nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord, is actually built with neurons. However, our body can’t replace them if they’re damaged. By the way, this is the reason why most of brain diseases are incurable. This is why the lack of sleep isn’t something you can trifle with.

What Does Your Bedtime Thinking Define?

Now you know that your brain works 24 hours a day and in order to satisfy literally all your needs. During those 6-8 hours of your sleep, it can switch to what is vitally essential for it, so that in the morning it could work for you again. Below there are the things it creates special programs for basing on the work it’s done.

So while you’re sleeping, your brain defines:

  • whether you’ll have enough sleep or not;
  • how you’ll feel during your next day;
  • your mood;
  • the amount of your physical energy;
  • what you’ll do in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening;
  • even how well you’ll recover after your next sleep.

Now remember your most recent daily routine and muse over the external information your brain has received. Of course, there are some good things and bad things as well. You can’t escape the latter. There are some data you’ll need for tomorrow or for next month, and there’s something you don’t need at all. At least, for the nearest future.

Done? Alright. Now add your personal considerations, worries, fears, joys and whatever you keep inside your head and soul. Usually we can’t avoid them before going to sleep.

That’s not good, definitely. What you’ve got after your brain has mixed the information from outside and from inside is a thick medley of images and imaginary texts (if you remember someone’s words, for example). Even if they make you feel happy, still they’re the factors which disturb your brain and make it concentrate on them rather than on what it really needs to do. This concentration appears mostly as recollection the things, people or events from your past. Hence, your brain has to do extra work again. As a result, you can’t fall asleep for some longer time, so you won’t have enough rest to feel well in the morning.

Let’s see what you can do to turn it all around.

Tips for Your Brain Control

A Meditating Girl

Here are some things for you to do before you go to sleep. They will help you manage your thinking and create positive programs for the next day.

Tip #1 Turn off Your Emotions

What you need most of all before sleep is calm and peace. Take a rest from your feelings and emotions, even if they’re the happiest you’ve ever had. Remember that your brain needs a clean sheet of paper in order to write a new plan for the next day.

Tip #2 Turn off Your Thoughts

Listen to the night silence of your room. Let your brain do what it needs without interfering in all these inner processes. Let yourself feel thoughtless for these 6 hours of your peaceful sleep.

Tip #3 Relax Your Body

The more relaxed you are when you fall asleep the easier it will be to wake up in the morning. Also, you’ll feel much better and fresher, full of energy to start a new happy day.

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