[Epistemic status: not even a claim, really. This is still mostly stream of thought. Barely edited.]
One major result of my initial meditation experiment was driving home to me, on a more visceral level, the importance of sleep. Given that sleep is so critical, having a robust system for falling asleep, regardless of how I’m feeling seems high priority.
I can usually fall asleep pretty well, though I occasionally have bouts of restlessness, when I’m awake with my mind churning hours after I’ve gone to bed. I want to prevent that, permanently and robustly.
Today, I outlined some perspectives on what’s preventing me from falling asleep in that situation, and the interventions each might imply:
- My mind is holding on to some open loops that it thinks are important
- Jot down my thoughts in my metacognition notebook.
My thoughts are racing, and I just need to stably direct my attention to something else for a bit.
Meditation (though this might be hard to pull off in such a situation)
I’m physiologically aroused, and I need to cool off
- My thoughts are racing and I’m physiologically activated, because there’s some important goal that a subsystem of mine is tracking.
IDC with it
When I started listing these, I was think that I was noting different theories about what’s blocking falling asleep. But actually, these perspectives aren’t mutually exclusive. They’re more like different intervention points of a potentially contiguous model.
I’m awake because my body is physiologically aroused.
…Which is caused by attention being absorbed by something that’s in some way energizing or exciting.
…Which is probably because a goal directed process in me is trying to get something (by ruminating or planning or whatever).
And I can intervene on any of these levels.
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