Do you have any sleep rituals that you practice before bed? Like, maybe you listen to some relaxing music or do some nighttime yoga? These are pretty normal, common things people do before bed, and they swear that it helps them hit the hay faster. But, uh, have you ever tried these, and realized that they don’t actually work for you? You’re not alone, I promise. I have had issues falling asleep for as long as I can remember. My mom likes to tell me about how she would always walk into my room when I was a baby and I would just be awake, standing in my crib, staring at the door (it freaked her out every time). Not much has changed since then, except now I don’t sleep in a crib. I always find myself tired AF, but can never sleep. It’s like a vicious cycle.
Recently, I learned of some pretty bizarre things that will supposedly send you straight off to dreamland in no time. While I haven’t tried all of them, I do admit to wanting to try every one, since they all sound promising (and strange). I don’t know about you, but at this point, I’m willing to try most things to help me get enough rest so that I stop feeling like I can’t move every single morning. If you, too, are having issues falling asleep, check out these weird things that will supposedly help you fall asleep. Good night! ZZzzZZZZz.
Having Plants In Your RoomThis was the thing that inspired me to write this article. Plants....help you....sleep? YEP! Studies have shown that the scent of certain plants can actually help you sleep by giving off a certain type of vapor. So, if you want to get a better night's sleep, keep some jasmine or lavender by your night table and let it work its magic. Image Source: iStock
Having A Computer Screen DimmerI've been using this for a while, and I can say that it actually works pretty well. Do you spend hours on your computer before bed, only to find that you can't actually fall asleep after shutting your laptop? You're not alone. There are a ton of programs, likeThe F.lux Google Chrome extension, that help change your computer screen's color according to the time of day it is. This way, when the sun sets, your screen will adjust accordingly, so that it won't feel like you're staring into the sun at 11pm, so you'll ACTUALLY be able to get some sleep at night. Image Source: iStock
Using A Salt LampI have been debating getting a salt lamp for what feels like three years. It's really only been about two months, but you know what I mean. Salt lamps supposedly have a variety of healing properties. When the light is turned on, the salt gets heated up and releases negative ions into the air. These ions can help improve the air quality in your room, so you can get a better night's sleep. Image Source: iStock
Drinking MilkMy grandma used to tell me to drink milk before bed, and I always thought that was a little strange, but it turns out it's actually backed by science. The calcium found in milk (and other dairy, like cheese) can help your body produce melatonin, which is just the fancy name for the chemical that helps you sleep. Image Source: iStock
Eating WalnutsAfter you drink a tall glass of milk, you can scarf down some walnuts to help yourself get to bed. Walnuts have a thing called tryptophan, which is a sleep-enhancing amino acid that can help you have a better night's sleep. They also contain their own source of melatonin, which will help you fall asleep. So, not only will walnuts help you get to sleep, but they'll also help you stay asleep. Nature is wild. Image Source: iStock
Having Sex Or MasturbatingListen, sex is a workout. And it really does tire you out! It also relieves stress, which will make it easier for you to doze off after getting it on with your bae. So, if you ever feel too wound up to go to sleep just have sex....or give yourself an orgasm, if you're too tired to actually have sex, but not tired enough to sleep. It works! Image Source: iStock
Listening To MusicSpecifically, listening to classical music. Scientists aren't sure why, but studies have shown that listening to classical music actually helps you fall asleep faster and have a better night's sleep in general. Maybe it's because it's boring? I'm kidding, I promise. Image Source: iStock
Which of these weird thing will you try to help you sleep? Tell us in the comments!