What is the last thing you think about before bedtime?
- What you didn’t complete today?
- What’s gotta be done tomorrow?
- Crime in the news?
Research confirms, what we do just prior to retiring for the night influences what our brain does while we sleep.
According to Dr. John M. Grohol, while we sleep our brain continues processing information from the day and solving problems, especially the last things we focus on. When we finally drift off into the sea of unconsciousness, our brain doesn’t devolve into a passive passenger on the midnight special. Control central gives the rest of the body the night off while it continues sorting information and finding solutions to problems we’ve encountered.
Thinking about what happened, what might happen, the agony of defeat or that stupid email from work when it’s time to turn in? Guess what your brain will be doing while you sleep. It’ll work overtime to figure out how to resolve those issues.
I can’t and don’t want to stop my mind from problem solving while I slumber. I’d rather choose the issues it addresses.
Instead of ruminating, lamenting, simmering and wasting neuron energy, take control and direct your mind to solve something romantic.
Deliberately choose how you’ll spend the last 30 minutes before you climb into bed. Don’t let TV, work, email or social media dictate what’s top of mind when it’s sleepy time.
Tonight, in the last minutes before you go to sleep, ask your brain three questions:
- What happened today that I’m most grateful for?
- What in my relationship am I most grateful for?
- What Romantic Interlude can I create for my sweetheart?
Let your mind process and solve those questions while you sleep. Let it tell you how best to romance your sweetheart. Robert, Romance Alive