Nanny has noticed that sometimes people use their imaginations to keep them awake rather than to help them go to sleep. Nanny has a very good imagination, so she knows what that's like. She has also learned some nice tricks to use one's imagination to make sleeping a very nice experience. She will share some of those tricks with you, knowing you will put them to good use, and maybe even add some to them from your own good imagination.
You may have thought or said, "I don't know why I am resistant to going to bed, or going to sleep."
Let's assume you're not resistant to it, but that you hadn't found a way yet to make it more appealing to you.
With that in mind, Nanny would like you to do the following:
Remember times when you enjoyed going to bed and sleeping deliciously. Just enjoy the memories. Make them really juicy, noticing all the pleasant sensory details, the air, colors, feelings of comfort, textures, softness of the mattress, surroundings, etc.
Feel the same pleasure now. Notice the body feeling.
When you fully feel that good feeling, clasp your wrist with your other hand. Hold it there for a few seconds as you enjoy the sleeping related memory. Then, release your grip on your wrist, and notice your present surroundings.
Repeat the above at least three times. (This is called setting a positive anchor. We can use it later.)
What would a good sleep experience need to have to make it very enjoyable and satisfying? Companion(s) (objects, pets, persons), location, clothing, food, drink, light, dark, warmth? Write them down.
What would be good and enjoyable pre bed/sleep actions and post sleep actions? As in, drinking a favorite beverage, resting with one's feet up, doing gentle stretches, listening to music, self massage, having a snack, reading? Write them down.
Now, just for the pleasure in it, imagine going for an ideal bed/sleep experience, with items from the above. Just imagine doing it, enjoying each part of the before, during, and after.
Now, having done that, what could you add to make it even better? Add it/them, and imagine again this great refreshing rest experience. Keep on making improvements and enhancements and imagining the primo sleep experience again whenever you think of another possible enhancement or improvement.
Don't try to go to sleep. Instead, create great imaginary sleeping experiences. It's OK to go to sleep and OK to not go to sleep yet. You'll fall asleep when you are ready to. Your body will know when you are ready.