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Roar! The Weird Sleep Trick That Actually Works

As a lifelong insomniac, I'm always open to trying new sleep tricks. Some things improve my sleep, such as my Amerisleep memory foam mattress, keeping the temperature in our bedroom at a chilly 67 degrees, and a pre-bed cocktail of half a Unisom, half a multivitamin, and a fish oil pill. Yum, yum, right? Other tried-and-true sleep tips don't seem to have any effect, including Dr. Weil's relaxation breathing technique, which other bloggers swear by as a cure for insomnia. Sadly, it just doesn't do anything for me. I do have a sleep cure (well, improvement, at least) of my own though and I encourage you to give it a try during your next restless night.

It's a bit unusual though. Keep an open mind.

Imagine yourself as a mountain lion.

Weird, right? Weird, but this visualization actually helps. You're an immense, powerful mountain lion. You have no responsibilities. No worries. No cares. All day long, you have been roaming beneath the sweltering sun, climbing steep dirt hills and chasing prey to exhaustion. Now, worn and ready to sleep, you collapse into the earth. Stretch out your heavy mountain lion legs and yawn your mighty mountain lion jaw. You take a deep breath, expanding your hardy mountain lion chest. Every part of you is so cumbersome, so heavy; your paws cannot be lifted. Your strength is gone. You sleep.


Did it work? Goodnight.

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