“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”
– Henry Ford
Affirmations provide a simple but hugely powerful method to give you the mindset of a natural born deep sleeper. This article explains what affirmations are and provides you with a list of 10 sleep affirmations you can start using tonight.
New to the world of affirmations? Here’s a quick primer:
What are affirmations?
Affirmations are simply vocalisations of your individual internal thoughts and beliefs, the voice inside your head. There are two types of affirmations:
- Negative – What’s the point, I’m going to fail anyway. Life sucks.
- Positive – I feel great. I can do this. I can overcome any obstacle in my way.
Negative affirmations reaffirm negative thoughts and beliefs and ensure you stay stuck. Positive affirmations reaffirm positive thoughts and beliefs that inspire you to take action and make positive changes in your life.
Why should I use positive affirmations?
Because they are so darn powerful! The effect of your mindset in regards to sleep and insomnia is absolutely huge.
Consider sleeping pills. It is well known within the medical community that over the counter sleeping pills are about as effective as a sugar pill. But people take them and swear by their results, and they’re right, they do send people off to sleep more effectively than if they hadn’t taken them. But it’s not the sleeping pill that is doing the work. It’s all in the mind. Its the placebo effect in action.
Consider also that prescription sleeping pills generally lose their effectiveness after 6 weeks of use, but people still need to take them sometimes years after to get to sleep.
If you have ever taken sleeping pills and fallen asleep 20 minutes later, it’s not the pill doing the work, no sleeping pill invented works that fast. Again this is the power of the placebo, or more to the point, the power of your mindset.
But you don’t need to fool yourself with sleeping medication. You can gain this powerful effect by the use of positive affirmations.
How do you use affirmations?
- Reading them, either out loud or to yourself.
- Listening to them from from an MP3 you’ve bought or recorded yourself.
- Remembering and recalling them throughout the day, whilst doing the dishes or in the shower for example.
It’s important to fully internalize the affirmation. It needs to become a real part of you. When you read, listen or recall an affirmation, make it as real as you can:
- Visualise the affirmation in clear detail as if it were real. How would life be different? What would have changed?
- Notice how you feel. What in particular makes you feel great? Amplify that good feeling and take it with you throughout the day.
You’ll soon notice the affirmation becoming more and more real as you practice it. This is the process where the affirmation becomes a real part of your life.
Can I create my own affirmations?
Sure! By creating and using your own affirmations you are consciously deciding exactly what you want and targeting your own individual problems, thoughts and beliefs.
Here are a few guidelines:
- Make it present tense – Use “I am” instead “I am going to be”. Everything is created in the present moment. Don’t focus on the distant future.
- Make it positive – Affirm what you do want instead of what you don’t want. Instead of using “I no longer have insomnia” use “I now sleep deeply and effortlessly”.
And that’s really all there is to it.
10 Affirmations for a Better Night’s Sleep
Here are 10 affirmations that you can use to create a perfect night’s sleep:
- I sleep all through the night.
- I get up as soon as my alarm clock goes off feeling fresh and alert.
- Insomnia is no longer a part of me. I release it with joy.
- I enjoy deep refreshing sleep every night.
- My bedroom is a place of comfort, relaxation, and deep sleep.
- I am wide awake and alert throughout the day and at night my body’s natural sleep cycle gently drifts me off to sleep.
- I maintain perfect sleep timing and as a result I enjoy perfect sleep.
- Sleep is a natural process that I enjoy every night. I close my eyes and awake the next morning refreshed and revitalised.
- I am aware of what could prevent sleep and cause insomnia. I ensure that my daily routine is filled with sleep promoting habits.
- When I enter my bedroom, my thoughts naturally detach and slow down. My bedroom is a place of sleep and deep relaxation.
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If you would like to know more about affirmations, take a look at the book and CD I Can Do It by Louise Hay.