8 Things to Do When You Can't Sleep at Night

Some nights, no matter how hard you try, it can be near impossible to fall asleep and stay sleeping the whole night through. I find this especially true for days when I'm particularly stressed - when it comes time to go to bed, I just can't seem to shut my brain off. When this happens, I've found a few little tricks that usually help me fall back asleep and get a good night's rest.

 

1. Get up and completely make your bed. This may seem a little backwards, but I usually can't get comfortable when my bedding is in disarray. Taking a few minutes to straighten up and tuck in your sheets will give you a nice comfy bed to crawl back into.

2. Adjust the temperature in your room. I like it to be freezing cold when I go to sleep, that way I can snuggle up under my covers and not get hot throughout the night. Whatever temperature you prefer, make sure your thermostat is set to the right degree for you to sleep comfortably.

3. Turn on some white noise. I always sleep with a fan on, not only for the cold (see the reason above), but also because it provides a nice amount of white noise that helps me to fall asleep. If you don't want a fan blowing on you at night, think about investing in a white noise machine or try out a sleep-inducing app - these usually have several different sounds, like light traffic, trickling water, or ocean waves.

4. Listen to relaxing music. Similar to watching relaxation videos, listening to soft music can be very calming and help lull you back to sleep. Try looking for playlists on Spotify of listening to new age artists, like Kenya.

5.  Get something to drink. Simple though it may seem, enjoying a cool glass of water or a warm cup of chamomile tea might be all you need.

6. Turn to aromatherapy. Investing in a soothing pillow or room spray is not only a nice treat for your nose, but it can also help your mind and body relax enough to fall asleep.

7. Jot down your thoughts. Sometimes the reason you can seem to stay asleep is because you've just got too many thoughts floating around in your head. Keep a notepad or journal next to your bed for nights such as these - whenever your mind is filled with multiple to-do's and important things to remember, just jot them all down to be dealt with the following day.

8.  Slow your breathing. Something that usually works for me is to slow my breathing down (breathe in for a count of 4, hold for 5, breathe out for 6) 

What are some things you do when you can't sleep at night?