When I’m really stressed or anxious I see spiders each time I close my eyes. Wandering across the back of my eyelids, large and small. It makes sleep very hard at those times as I lie awake with my eyes open to avoid the spiders and try and calm myself so they will go away.
One trick I have had since childhood is to build an ice cream sundae in my head, visualising the bowl, then each layer. We used to get those ice cream sundaes with my parents at Dreamworld, so I think this technique is one I learned / was taught as a very young child.
Annie often has bad dreams or bad thoughts in her head that keep her awake at night so she can’t sleep. The melatonin has helped but there are still times in the early hours of the morning where she lies awake with the bad thoughts keeping sleep at bay.
I tried to teach her my trick, visualise something happy, like my ice cream sundae which is associated with happy memories of my childhood. But something happened that surprised me, Annie can’t build pictures in her head, she can’t visualise these things.
So I need a new trick to teach her, a different tool. Would love to hear what works for you.