This powerful Tantric practice actually strengthens your ability to absorb and understand your life, and can enhance your memory. Once in bed, mentally go back through your day in increments of 30 minutes. Try to simply register what happened during the day, in the 30 minutes before bedtime, then 30 minutes before that, et cetera, without judgment. Notice any feelings that come up as you go through the catalog of your day, then let them go. End with the point where you woke up in the morning. Gently drift into sleep.
Bonus tip: Snooze more, without feeling guilty
This fall, let yourself sleep as much as you need to (at least on the weekends!). In fact, our not-so-distant ancestors used to enjoy an amazing amount of snoozing during the colder months. Because there was no heat and electricity, it was not uncommon for people to sleep 14 or 15 hours a night.
Katie Silcox is the author of the upcoming book, "Healthy, Happy, Sexy - Ayurveda Wisdom for Modern Women". She's a vinyasa yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, contributor to Yoga Journal, and a senior teacher within the Sri-Vidya ParaYoga lineage under Yogarupa Rod Stryker.