Sleepless

I’ve never been a morning person. I find it so difficult to get up early in the morning and sometimes I don’t even hear my own alarm going off. I am quite good at staying awake late into the night. While that helps me power through late night study sessions, sometimes I find myself unable to get a good night’s rest. This is especially frustrating when I have an early class or appointment I have to get to the next day.

On the plus side, since I’ve found myself in this position more often than I would’ve liked, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to help me get to sleep easier. I do want to say that I’m no professional and that there are definitely different types of insomnia as well as different ways to treat each kind. But if you need a quick fix or want a little bit more insight, check out these tips I use to help me Cure Insomnia.

Tea

Tea is useful for many things—helping ease a sore throat, several health benefits, and at times, getting to sleep. While there are also many types of tea, I’ve found a simple sleepy time tea works just fine. Drink a cup a little before bed. You can also use this time to do a light activity, like reading or knitting.

No Technology

If you have a clock in your room, sometimes it can be hard to tear your eyes away from the blinking numbers or the ticking hands—especially when you can’t get to sleep. Try getting rid of your bedroom clocks or turning them around so you aren’t able to focus on the time while you’re trying to get some rest.

While you’re at it, leave your phone outside. At the very least leave it on the other side of the room. I know that when my phone is next to me and I can’t sleep, I’m even more tempted to pick it up and get on Twitter or Instagram. This isn’t helpful in clearing your mind and helping you get some sleep.

Nothing at Night

If your mind and body are active at night, it makes it harder for you to relax and rest. Try avoiding eating large or heavy meals, extensive exercise, or catching up on stressful work late at night. This will help prevent over activity and allow you to power down quicker.

For Sleeping Only

A lot of people use their bedrooms for more than just sleeping. I’m guilty of it too. I do assignments, watch Netflix, and eat snacks in my room all the time. However, this makes it harder for your brain to associate your bedroom as a place for sleeping only, which can contribute to the reasons why you sometimes find yourself wide awake at three in the morning. If you get into the habit of only using your bedroom for sleeping and activities of the like, your body will learn that when you’re in your room it’s time to sleep.

 

Again, I’m no expert in sleep deprivation and if you’re insomnia persists it might be worth doing some research of your own. These are just a few simple tricks I like to use if I’ve spent the last couple days unable to relax until it’s almost time for me to start my next day. If you try any, let me know how they work for you! And let me know what kind of things you like to do to help you get to sleep.

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