I would meditate every night, right after dinner. The goal was to clear my head and go without a thought for longer and longer times each night. The only thought I would allow myself was my focus thought. Most often I thought about a sunset on a beach. I also journaled a lot. Right before bed time I'd write down all my thoughts and feelings of the day, it helped big time. Still does as a matter of fact.
Also try to get some minor exercise at least in the afternoon sun, the key part being sunlight. Even if it means taking your girls outside and letting them do homework on the porch. I can guarantee they'll get a better sleep too. Afternoon and early evening sun signals to your body that it's time to begin the process of sleep, which begins HOURS before you even lay down. Also remove the TV from your room if there is one. This is part of good sleep hygene. If you find that you can't sleep (cont)
at 6:14 AM on Oct. 27, 2009