Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.
in an interview on How to Fall Asleep Faster:
- Stop using technology. Stop using technology an hour before bed. The blue light is bad for our brains.
- Make your to-do list before bedtime. Make a list of what needs to get done the next day, so that your brain will not have to work on that overnight.
- Use cognitive shuffling. This is a process that helps the brain shut down. In short, think of a five letter word that has no significance to you. An example would be “chair.” Once you have selected the word, take the first letter of that word and then think of all the words you can that start with it (in this case “c”—so, candy, cotton, Christmas, crunch, calendar, etc. Once you have exhausted that letter, move to the next letter, and repeat the process. People will typically fall asleep by the third letter. This process was created by the cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin, and works much better than counting backwards or counting sheep.
- Keep a regular bedtime schedule. Try to go to bed at the same time each night and follow the same ritual. Because it recognizes a pattern, it helps your brain to understand that it is now time to stop working and catch some Zzz’s!
Interviews: Carol Barkes
Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results. She is also a speaker, educator, and author of the bestselling book: Success Breakthroughs: Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets for Breaking Through to Success.
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