When I can't seem to fall asleep I try a few different things: pray; do a hot and cold foot bath (a couple of minutes with both feet in a very warm basin, a couple minutes in very cold, and a couple more in very hot); do a very cold sponge bath to my trunk/chest and dry off-- the body goes to work trying to warm me up and then I usually fall asleep; a sort of progressive relaxation exercise where I "follow" any body sensations around... for example, if my toe has a twinge, I go there in my mind until I feel a little sensation in my tummy, or whatever... it actually doesn't go on for long, I think it might be self-hypnosis. The next day I know what I have to do to fall asleep the next night for sure! Dr. Rosemarie Loscalzo says that if you are sleep-deprived over a week's period (say that you are transitioning into a different work schedule), then it works to go to bed for a solid 12 hours 3 nights in a row... that means to settle into sleep at maybe 7pm and just stay in bed, pretending to sleep, room very dark, no noise (hah), maybe a sleep CD on, or someone in the family playing something peaceful on the piano (oh yeah)-- in any case, whether you sleep or not, the idea is that you do not get out of bed and you sleep as much as possible during that 12 hours for 3 nights... and then, apparently, the brain fog lifts, you lose weight, and feel tremendous. I'm going to try this in a couple of weeks (when we don't have houseguests).
When I can't sleep, (which is most of the time, unfortunately), I try progressive muscle relaxation exercise. I try warm milk, try NOT thinking about what may be the cause of my not sleeping, I try not thinning about the fact that I'm not asleep.
But, my doctor did say a long time ago that I should not say in bed longer than 20-40 minutes, if I'm unable to sleep. I ought to get up and relax and wait until I'm tired again and then go back to bed. But, when I've gotten up, I should watch what I do. No coffee, watching an old movie is ok, reading a book is ok (but not a heart-pounding thriller!).
Then, usually, I'm sufficiently tired after 1/2 hour and when I go to bed, I fall asleep right away.
i'll read novel or watch a movie, I always find myself suitable that way.
I get up and do some easy yoga, take a homeopathic remedy called Kali Phos 30 which relaxes the mind, and maybe some Melatonin drops (only 3, not too much) and by that time, I am ready for sleep! It usually works.
by L. Caulton (Author L.L.CAULTON)8 months ago
When your wide awake and cant get to sleep, whats the best way to make yourself fall alseep?
by Vince2 years ago
What do you do to fall asleep when you can't sleep and are tossing and turning?
by rlaha6 years ago
What do you do when you can't sleep and you know you need to wake up early the next morning?
by NessaMetharam6 years ago
What do you do when you can't sleep?It's 1 am and I honestly can't sleep right now. My tummy was hungry so I had to go and take food from the ref. So what do you do when you can't sleep?
by MissJamieD6 years ago
I usually watch tv or read.
by Joan King6 years ago
What do you do when you can't fall asleep at nights and what strategies help?When you awake in the middle of the night and can't seemto fall asleep, what are some, if any of the things you would do to to help you fall...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.