If you’ve had a poor night’s sleep the last thing you should say to yourself is “I’ll have a perfect or incredible day!” This unrealistic self-talk will negatively affect your mental acuity, energy, and mood.  Also, it’s just not being realistic, and you’ll know it.

A better choice is to use a sleep mantra.  Sleep mantras combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Positive Psychology, and can be ingrained in the unconscious under hypnosis. One mantra I teach people to rehearse when they’ve had a poor night’s sleep is “Even though I slept poorly last night, I’m going to have an above average day.”

If you can set positive intentions for manifestation, and decrease the catastrophizing and negative prognostication due to insomnia you’ll be more likely to tolerate sleep-deprivation.

Charles R. Freeman, Ph.D.  | Sleep, Pain, Behavioral Medicine Psychologist & Addictionologist  |  Available online (Skype) and in-person in San Diego and Encinitas, CA.

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