How can I fall asleep without the nightly existential review?
May 13, 2008 8:07 AM Subscribe
Every night when I get in bed I have an existential crisis that makes falling asleep difficult. What can I do?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (46 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
Between the time I go to bed and fall asleep, I begin to think about things like when I will die, when the people I love will die, all the things I regret not doing, time I've wasted, the nature of God, the likelihood of heaven, and other big questions. They make it hard to fall asleep, or sometimes fill me with sadness.
Right now the only thing that works is listening to audiobooks until I pass out with my headphones on. But I'd like to find another way to fall asleep that doesn't take so long. I've had small bouts of depression and anxiety in the past, but I've taken care of them with regular exercise. I also have a very small prescription for Xanax for when I fly, but my health insurance doesn't cover mental health. I'm looking for tips, books/articles, or any anecdotal advice on how to conquer, or at least minimize these feelings. Question email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!