I have been doing this for a few years now on and off – more on than off! I can really say it has worked for me. It is a mild form of meditation to help you switch off and get a good nights sleep.
Lie down on your bed and take away your pillow so that your body is flat on the bed. Lie with your feet apart and your arms just away from your sides so that your energies can flow with ease – so kind of like in a cross shape.
Breathe in deeply slowly and exhale slowly and you should start to feel relaxed. Now you are ready. Take in a deep breath and on your out breath, say in your mind to yourself “I am letting go of everything that is occupying my mind (or I am letting go of everything that happened today). It is time for my body to rest. I am ready to switch off and sleep.”
Say this whilst breathing continually about 10 times always on the out breath. When you are finished, gently move your fingers and your toes to come out of the meditation and lie in your normal sleeping position.
It does take a bit of practice for some people. Some of you will ease into it straight away. What you will find is that you have a deep, restful sleep and enough of what your body needs. You should wake up fresh and ready for another day because your body has rested well.
Try it and let me know what you think.