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Insomniac? Tips To Fall Asleep

Updated on January 17, 2017
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The clock is ticking and you keep on turning. You thought you can fall asleep pretty soon but it's been few hours ago and you are still awake. And this is the part that is annoying because it is almost 2 am and you know the fact that you can only have less than 4 hours of sleep. Consider yourself lucky if you don't have work the following morning, but if you do, this doesn't sound good.

I had experienced such situations and still is. What do I do to help myself fall asleep?

Here are the things I do to at least try get my restful sleep at night. All of this had worked for me and that is why I want to share it here, hoping that this tips could help someone too whose on the same boat as me.

Alright, first thing's first. We all know that caffeine wasn't good to be taken at night. And don't eat too much food too so your body doesn't have to work overtime to digest all the delicious food you had for dinner. On the other side, fruit like grapes has the sleep inducer melatonin that can help you fall asleep while cottage cheese has protein and the tryptophan amino acid than milk has, can help you to drift off faster to "sleep island."

Redesign your bedroom area.

So, how to fall sleep? Maybe there's something not right in your bedroom. So why not redesign it? Change the colors, you probably are fond of light, happy colors but if you are trying to fall sleep at night and your pillows and bed sheet colors are lively, I don't think it is helping. And that was my case.

My pillows, bed sheets and blanket are color reddish with flowers in it. I know I'm sleepy but I just can't sleep, tossing and turning. And I keep seeing this colorful red flowers reminding me of a sunny day. I know I had to try something, and my idea at that time is to change my pillow cases! My mom even asked me why am I changing my pillow cases and bed sheet at past 10 in the evening.

And guess what? It did worked! Few minutes after I changed it I drifted off to sleep. I changed my pillow cases and sheets to a darker color. To me, darker colors are sleep inducer, helps calm my thinking mind and sends the message that it is time to rest.

The color is somehow similar to what I'm currently using.
The color is somehow similar to what I'm currently using. | Source

Guided meditation.

Now, this is one I prefer doing to help myself relax and stop my mind from too much thinking. And that's when Youtube comes to my rescue as I had categorized the videos I had liked and saved on a playlist. It makes it easier for me to access and play them continuously so I don't have to get up and play the next video.

Listening to the sound of pouring rain, thunder and crickets are my favorites to de stress and help my mind relax.

I really do suggest you try this as this helps me a lot, it's quite comforting listening to the rain, thunder, frogs and crickets as this somehow travels me back in time back into the farm where I grew up where I can actually hear the frogs and crickets at night.

What you have to do with this is just go to Youtube and search for "nature sounds" and make a playlist of all the videos you like from your search result.


Listen to the rain and thunder. And drift off to sleep.

Fall asleep listening to the dolphins and whales

And if you are more into the dolphins and whales, here are a video to listen to that could help you feel relax and fall asleep. You can listen to this alone or you can add this video to your playlist.

Now, if you're a Youtube junkie I'm sure you know your ways around the Youtube mansion. BUT for those whose been watching Youtube videos once in a while and have an account but doesn't have a playlist and for those who doesn't have a Youtube account, this creating a Youtube playlist tutorial is for you.

Simple it is, here's how to create a Youtube playlist and used it for meditation or just for relaxation:

1. Log in to your Youtube account if you have one. Or register to create a Youtube account.

2. Now that you are logged in, browse the Youtube website. Either search for "meditational videos," "relaxation music," or the best, "natures sounds." Listen to the videos from your search page so you know what you want amongst the results.

3. If there's a Youtube video you like and you want it to be on your relaxation or meditation playlist, click on "Add to" button below the video.

4. Click on "Create a playlist." Type in the name for your playlist, maybe name it as "relaxation" and hit enter.

Now you had created your relaxation playlist. Just continue on listening to other suggested videos and if you like it, add it on your playlist.


Viewing Youtube playlist.
Viewing Youtube playlist. | Source

Once you're done and you think you got all videos you like and want, go on the "video manager" by clicking your username on the top right. Hit on "playlist" to access all your playlist and choose the one you want to play, your "relaxation" playlist.

You can just relax, lie down and listen to the sound. Or you may want to use an earphone, whichever works for you the best. But in my case, I prefer using the earphone. It makes me feel more into it and I don't worry about any family members complaining in case they don't want what I'm listening to.

So, how to create a Youtube playlist? Below is a video tutorial on how a Youtube playlist is created so you can make one as well.

Essential oil on a burner
Essential oil on a burner | Source

Aromatherapy

This is one of my favorite and I love using lavender essential oil. The aroma doesn't only lift the stress off but it also makes the home fragrant. You would need an oil burner and of course essential oil for this one.

You can have few essential oils to use on your oil burner for your home, but if you want a good night sleep, that's when lavender essential oil can be of help. The sweet scent of lavender essential oil can help you relax, de stress and fall asleep.

If you aren't comfortable of falling asleep while there is an oil burner in used, damp few cotton balls with the lavender oil and place it somewhere near your bedside where you can smell the aroma. Or in case you have a lavender plant, you can also used the lavender flowers instead, laying it near your bedside table instead of using the essential oil.


EFT to fall sleep

EFT

"Let's get on tapping." I had just stumbled on this few months ago. EFT or "Emotional Freedom Tecniques" could be a miracle to you and it is worth trying.

With EFT, you would be "tapping" body points such as the beginning of the eyebrows, the side of the eye, under the eye, between the nose and upper lip, chin, on the collarbone area, on the armpit area and the top of the head while repeating an affirmation.

With this mind and body work, the only thing you lose is your few minutes of trying the method. And this might just work for you to get that restful sleep you want.

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      precy anza 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Rajan. Thanks for finding it useful. Yes, same with me. Sober colors help me sleep. Bright colors just don't work for me. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These are useful tips Precy. Having sober colors on the bed and around in the room does work for me as well.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      @ Miss Kateooo: Lol. Had tried it once after watching the "Fireflies" song with the lyrics, "why do I tire of counting sheep?" Didn't worked for me ^.^' So I'd rather listen and focus to soothing sounds.

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      Miss Kate000 5 years ago

      I have tried so many things, including counting sheep. I started at 1 with cute little white fluffy things, and by the time i got to 24 they had somehow turned into blue lego sheep. Lol

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      precy anza 6 years ago from USA

      Wow! That must be a lot of sheep! ^-^' I hadn't remember trying that trick thou. Maybe sometime I will :)

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Cool tips to let my eyelids droop. :D

      I like to count hundreds of sheep before I sleep but my peg these days is watching DVD movies in order to make me asleep.

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      precy anza 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for dropping by. :) And yes, it might work for you too if in any case you had some trouble sleeping. As of now I stick to those kind of colors. :)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      These are all very good tips. Thanks for sharing. I never thought about using even more muted colors in the bedroom decor.

      Thanks again.

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