You’re exhausted, the bedroom is dark and cool, you’ve shut off all screens and turned in early, with plenty of time to get a respectable eight hours of sleep. But even with all the right physical conditions, you can’t seem to get your mind to shut off long enough to drift into dreamland.
Did you remember to respond to your boss’ last email?
Should you make a doctor’s appointment for that pain in your foot?
Is there enough money left in the checking account to cover the mortgage?
What was that movie from the 80s starring that actor whose name you can’t remember right now?
These types of racing thoughts are one of the main causes of insomnia. And even during the day, a mind that won’t shut off can make it difficult to focus on work, relationships and daily tasks. A busy brain can also lead to heightened stress and anxiety.