My Grandma had a superpower. The woman could fall asleep anywhere, in any position, in under 30 seconds. One moment you’re watching Bonanza together, the next she’s catching flies leaving you and the Cartwrights in the dust.
Unfortunately for me, this was not a genetic trait passed down. Instead, I have always been one of those who has struggled with sleep. Fortunately for you, I’ve spent the last 10 years trying everything under the sun and can report back that I’ve become a sleep master.
So if you’re sick of melatonin-inspired dreams where you’re running through technicolored woods from creatures straight out of The Witcher or staring at the ceiling replaying that one conversation you had with your co-worker that was probably nothing. It was nothing. Was it nothing? Rest assured. Try these tricks that have helped me fall (and stay) asleep.
No new brain waves
Remember these lines:
- Non-fiction before bed. Keeps turning on the head.
- New shows are a no-go.
Calming my mind is a key part to falling asleep. 10pm is not the time to fire and wire new circuits in the brain, and turning on a new show or reading a self-help book does that. So yes, you’ll join the select few who still think Mufasa is the Tiger King and it will take you 6 years to finish The Irishman, but you’ll get a good night's rest, which means a good workout. Worth it? I think so.
Always keep a spare
We all know how frustrating the can’t-get-comfortable scenario is. You toss, turn, flip, switch, scream into your pillows. It makes things worse. What helps is a change of environment. Always have a spare set of sheets washed and ready for the nights you can’t stop tossing around. The “fresh start”, mixed with the smell, and crisp cold temperature will help you fall asleep almost immediately. And I know. Nobody likes changing their sheets, but you weigh the cost. 5 minutes of that or another hour of doing the cupid shuffle in bed?
Mind cleanse before bed
Take a hot, relaxing shower before bed. In the shower, I like to visualize every single thing on my mind leaving my head and washing away. The point is to get every thought down the drain before I hit the pillow so that I’m not lying awake solving, worrying, or wondering if penguins have knees.
Wishing you all sweet, drooling, deep sleep, dreams.