More often than not, it can seem as though the hardest thing in the world is sleeping. Or, to be exact, the hardest thing in the world is the act of falling asleep. I don’t know why this is–as one is probably inclined to assume that, at the end of a long day of feeling exhausted and wishing to be back in bed, the easiest thing to do would be to go back to bed–but there’s something about knowing that you have to go to sleep, like, now, that makes the actual act of getting to sleep feel virtually impossible.
If this sounds like you, too, you can take comfort in knowing that you aren’t totally alone. Today, I found an Ask Reddit thread full of super helpful advice for falling asleep that ranges from things you might expect (chamomile tea, ASMR vidoes) and some things that you probably wouldn’t expect (an Oprah-approved breathing exercise). So, if you also have trouble falling asleep at night, check out these foolproof ways to fall asleep faster every night:
Establish A RoutineNever underestimate the pwer of a good routine--basically, if you establish a set of activities that you do every night before you go to bed, you'll begin to feel sleepy just by doing those activities. Redditor skreeth said, "I'm horrible at falling asleep, so I've established a consistent routine to Pavlov myself to sleep. I sometimes take Benadryl or melatonin, and then I put on my sleepy playlist (classical music, Enya, some Lord of the Rings soundtrack), turn on a fan for ambient noise, and use a sleep mask. Because I do all of this every night, my brain knows when it's time to sleep and it helps me fall asleep easier. But if my wheels are really just turning, I'll either play a card game on my phone or find something boring to read so my brain is occupied on non-anxiety inducing topics." Image source: iStock
Try Out Some ASMRA ton of people swear by ASMR (Autonomous sensory meridian response) videos and recordings, which are designed to elicit a euphoric, relaxing sensation that should send you right off to sleep. EeveeAssassin said, "If it works for you, ASMR videos work for me when I'm having a hard time due to racing thoughts or an overactive mind. They put the focus on something else and are usually quite relaxing as well. But it's not for everyone so don't be disappointed if you try it and don't feel relaxed or sleepy right away." So, give it a shot, but don't expect it to work miracles immediately. Image source: iStock
Do YouThere are a couple ways to attain some pleasurable sensations. You could listen to ASMR. Or, as user Miakgosistile says, "I listen to ASMR (sounds more natural than the same rain noises for 3 hours) or I masturbate, helps me fall asleep almost instantly :-)" Who can't relate? Image source: iStock
Follow Oprah's AdviceOprah knows everything, right? Of course right. Or, at least, she knows a thing or two about amximizing your sleep efficiency. FrannyIsRoyalty said, "This may sound dumb, but I started using Oprah's technique when I couldn't get to sleep after a twelve hour night shift (I'm a nurse). You put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, and breathe in through your nose slowly for four seconds. Then hold your breath for six seconds, and exhale slowly for eight seconds. I don't know why this works, but after I complete five cycles I pass out." Image source: iStock
DaydreamIt can often feel as though the main thing holiding you back from falling asleep is the pressure you're putting on yourself to fall asleep, right? To deal with that, do a little pre-sleep imagination games. User Magicsquirt says, "I make up stories in my mind, usually with myself as the main character." This is a good idea! Don't think of anything too high stakes that'll keep you awake, obviously, but if you pick an easy, relaxing topic, you should be asleep in no time. Image source: iStock
Bore Yourself To SleepYou know how every time your parents turn on NPR in the car, it makes you just want to, like, pass out immediately?Take advantage of that feeling. KnittenKitten said, "Try the 'Sleep With Me' podcast. Like listening to NPR, but it's designed to be so boring you fall asleep." You can download the podcast here. Image source: iStock
Drink TeaHerbal tea really does help, guys. User kris-imbler said, "I used to have horrible insomnia, so I've got a lot of things! Something that helps me a lot is listening to relaxing, ambient noise while I try to sleep (like rain noise and stuff). Meditating for 10-30 min before I go to sleep also helps, as does not using my computer/phone for at least half an hour before I try to go to sleep. Chamomile or lavender tea has also been a total lifesaver for me. it's super relaxing and always seems to make me a little bit more drowsy. and a side note on the sleeping pills, be careful about taking too much! I used to take melatonin almost every single night and it ended up making my insomnia a lot worse once I tried to fall asleep naturally." Image source: iStock
Establish An Actual BedtimeIf you want to fall asleep at a reasonable time, you have to start working on it early--like, at least an hour before, WorkingNinj said, "chill down an hour before bed as in: music on soft, no TV, no caffeine, light snack, get in your pajamas etc." It could also be helpful to make your bed a separate space from your daily life--like, if you're always doing homework or something there, trying to go to sleep with just make you think of homework. WorkingNinj continues, "Keep bed sealed off or in another room from where you spend time in the day." Image source: iStock
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Do you have any sleeping tips? Let us know in the comments!