Mr. Carnegie tells us here in Chapter 28 of, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” that insomnia is one of those things that can only become a problem for us if we let it. In other words; if you worry about going to sleep it is more likely that you will stay awake.
Dale brings up a well-known fact about sleep, too. It is true that no one knows really how much sleep is required by us. The amount of sleep needed is something that varies widely from individual to individual. If you are trying to mold yourself into an ideal of how much sleep you should be getting then this may very well be the trouble.
Dale tells us that some folks only sleep about four to five hours a night and other’s sleep for up to eleven. Each person is different in this way. Dale also explains here that some people who think they have insomnia are often sleeping more than they realize. But he makes one thing very clear. If you worry about not sleeping it will most certainly wreck your health. If you just take it in stride and resolve to just enjoy relaxing in a state of rest, or simply get up and do something, you will be much better off.
Prayer has often helped folks relax and fall asleep because it gives people a sense of security. They feel that they are being watched over while they sleep and are more easily able to let go of everything and drift off.
Physical activity is another excellent way of making sure you sleep. Running, swimming, bicycling, playing tennis, etc., are all fun ways to insure a good night’s sleep.
However, no matter what you decide to do, choosing to worry, as with everything else written about in this book, will not help you get a better night’s sleep. Worry will not help you live longer, look better, feel better, be better loved by others or even remotely keep you in a state of good health.
Hopefully, you will have read enough here to reach at least one unassailable conclusion. It really is time to stop worrying and start to enjoy living more fully from this day forward, “The first day of the rest of your life!”