Ever since I was little, I’ve always had trouble sleeping. No matter how tired I am, whenever I get into bed, I toss and turn for about half an hour before I can finally feel my thoughts start to slow and my eyes start to close. I’ve always been envious of those people who fall asleep the second their head hits the pillow. How do they do that? It’s magic, I swear. But, if you’re like me and you have trouble falling asleep maybe you can find these five tips can help you as well.
This is one of my go-tos when I can’t sleep. I try to keep the book I’m currently reading next to my bed so that if there’s a time I can’t sleep, it’s right there next to me. Even as tempting as it may be, I try not to reach for my phone. I find that looking at physical pages rather than a backlit phone screen makes it easier for my brain to slow down (and I’m not tempted to go onto Facebook or Twitter).
I know this probably sounds like the opposite of what you should do, but sometimes I find getting out of bed and doing something else can help me become more tired. If I find that I’m tossing and turning for longer than normal, I’ll get out of bed and tidy up my apartment. Even if it’s something as simple as putting my shoes back where they belong, I notice that the little extra bit of walking around helps me fall asleep faster. And you never know, maybe once you’re in the groove, you might clean your entire place before going back to bed!
If I know before I go to bed that I’m going to have trouble falling asleep that night, I’ll aim to do yoga before going to bed. (If you’re comfortable doing yoga in your bed, more power to you). I’ll put on some of my favorite yoga videos on my TV and I’ll dedicate the end of the night to total relaxation.
While reading is one of my go-tos, this is my ultimate go-to. I’ll grab my phone, resist checking social media, and I’ll head to YouTube. Watching someone play with someone else’s hair or tapping on various objects puts me right at ease, and if I’m lucky, will sometimes even put me to sleep before the video is even over. If you’re new to the world of ASMR and need some suggestions on videos to watch, I made a list of some of my favorites here.
This one helps me especially if there are things on my mind that I can’t stop thinking about. Next to the book on my nightstand, I also have a small notebook. If there are to-do items or if there’s something that I keep replaying in my mind because my anxiety says I need to think about this one instance fifty times over or else, I’ll grab my notebook and jot down my thoughts there. Sometimes getting my thoughts down on paper helps me to not obsess over them as much.