I have experienced the same thing during the night. It usually occurs when I need to eat a snack or when I am sick or rundown. When my thought are racing down into morbidity and if eating doesn't make it stop, I have taken back control of my thoughts by....... talking to myself. Not in the kind of mental shorthand we normally use, but in fully formed sentences on a subject that I generally find pleasant. Or I just expound on all the positive influences in my life past, present and future. Speaking (silently) as if someone is listening involves your brain enough so that it cannot take off in a direction you don't want it to.
I know how odd this sounds, but it works for me and my sister. It is kind of like meditation for people who can't shut their brain up.
Also for added concentration I sometimes mime typing every word I am saying (in my head).
I hope this doesn't sound too crazy.
UC diagnosed 10/05, first symptoms 1983
asacol 12/daily and rowasa as needed
Trying out Culturelle Probiotic
past rx: colozal, lialda, canasa
i can't complain, but sometimes i still do. lifes been good to me so far. -joe walsh