Trouble Sleeping? Try The Alphabet Game

control messages Nov 10, 2011

I sometimes have trouble falling asleep because I can't get my mind to shut off, and I've come up with a sure-fire way to get me right to sleep: what I call The Alphabet Game.  I come up with a category and then have to name something within that category for every letter of the alphabet.

For instance Airlines (surprise): Air France, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Emirates, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........   No matter what category, I'm almost always asleep around the letter E.

I've shared this technique with many of my speaking audiences and wanted to share it with you as well.  For your convenience I've come up with a sample list of categories (better book mark this page for sleepless nights), but I'd love to add to it as I've been doing this a long time and need some new ideas.  What category ideas do you have?  


Brands of sneakers Classes you can take in college Articles of clothing Types of candy Hotels Movies Bodies of water Parts of a house Car Manufacturers Spices Herbs TV shows Vegetables Restaurants Singers (male/female) Possible pizza toppings Actors (male/female) Fruits
Parts of a car Emotions Things you can mix with vodka Clothing designers Airlines Body parts Muscles in the body Bones in the body Brands of make-up Politicians People from high school Authors Sports Basketball teams Football teams Camping supplies Electronic devices
Something you'd find in a bathroom Types of liquor Kitchen gadgets Brands of crackers Things you can put in a sandwich People you've dated/had sex with Cities you've been to Countries you've been to States you've been to Marvel Superheroes States in the U.S. Stores in Mall of America Types of exercise Things you can drink Plants Types of cheese Trees College mascots Places I want to visit Things you would find in the bathroom Zoo animals Types of fish

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