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How can I stop my thoughts from racing so I can sleep?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Racing thoughts keep many people awake at night. Worrying about finances, ruminating on relationships, running through daytime tasks, trying to “memorize” a series of upcoming to-do’s -- all this thinking can inhibit sleep. One of the most effective remedies is what’s known as a Worry Journal. This is a practice that allows you to take your worries from your mind to the written page, helping you to relax.

Here’s how to start keeping a Worry Journal:
  1. Select a notebook or notepad.
  2. On a blank page, draw a line down the center, creating two columns. Do this on three pages.
  3. At the top of the first page, write: I need to remember to take care of…
  4. At the top of the second page, write: I can’t forget to…
  5. At the top of the third page, write: I am so worried about…
  6. In the left column of each page, finish the sentence at the top, writing down everything that occurs to you.
  7. In the right column, address the concern, worry, or task, by scheduling a time to think about it or deal with it.
Don’t hold back. This is your journal. No thought is too small, and no worry is silly.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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