Sleeping Tricks: 5 Things To Try When You Cannot Sleep



Everyone knows the importance of sleep to a healthy and well adjusted life but knowing something does not necessarily translate to doing it right.

Many statistics have put the proper amount of sleep that we should be getting between 7 to 8 hours daily.

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Sometimes, however, even our bodies are not willing to cooperate with the amount of time that we should be sleeping. Sleeping tricks can be very helpful in ensuring that you are indeed getting the amount of sleep you need.

Why lay in bed tossing and turning for minutes or hours when you can run down this list of sleeping tricks and actually have your lights out so you can be refreshed and ready for the next day?

Five Sleeping Tricks You Can Try

Recall Your Day In Reverse

If you are having time dropping off to sleep you should try retracing your steps throughout the day.

Knowing that one of the reasons why you may be finding it hard to sleep is the fact that your mind keeps wandering to different things and getting distracted, channeling it to one thing can certainly help.

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Recalling the details of your day in reverse order can help focus your mind and limit any chance for undue worry. Sammy Margo, the author of The Good Sleep Guide, says; “Recall conversations, sights, and sounds as you go. It helps you to reach a mental state that’s ready for sleep” she suggests.



Try To Stay Awake

Trying to stay awake sounds like the opposite thing to do when you are trying to fall asleep but psychotherapist Julie Hurst calls it the sleep paradox.

She says; “Keep your eyes wide open, repeat to yourself ‘I will not sleep’. The brain doesn’t process negatives well, so interprets this as an instruction to sleep and eye muscles tire quickly as sleep creeps up.”

Find Your Pressure Points

There are certain pressure points on the body that help you to ease into sleep when they are pushed.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, gives a few options;

  • Put your thumb on the point between your eyebrows at the top of your nose, where there’s a slight indent. Hold for 20 seconds, release briefly and repeat twice more.
  • Sit on the edge of the bed and put your right foot across your left knee. Find the slight indent between your big toe and second toe and press in the same way.
  • While still supporting your right foot, find the point just below the nail on the upper side of your second toe. Using the thumb and forefinger of your right hand, gently squeeze the toe.

Use Your Imagination

This form of visualization meditation, which involves imagining a happy place, should soothe you and help you ease into sleep. It helps you relax and therefore readies you for sleep.

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Hum A Tune

Humming has been said to act as a form of yoga meditation which improves your sense of calm.

Dr Chris Idzikowski, again, says you should, “Breathe gently out of your mouth, lips together so you hum. Try to hum for the whole out-breath. Notice how it vibrates in your chest. Focus fully on this vibration over six breaths then sit quietly for a moment. Tell yourself ‘I am ready for sleep’, get up slowly and go to bed.”

Of course, these sleeping tricks may not help if you carry out some activities that are counterproductive to falling asleep like drinking coffee, using a blue light emitting device or even exercising too late in the day.

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