1. Force Yourself To Stay Awake
Use reverse psychology—on yourself. Researchers found that trying to stay awake is actually quite tiring. Using two groups of sleep onset insomniacs (um, people who have a hard time falling asleep), the researchers told one group to lie in bed and try to stay awake as long as possible. The other group did not get this instruction. The group that forced their eyes open actually fell asleep sooner than the other group. If you try this at home, make sure there are no other distractions like your smartphone, TV, kids playing outside your window (See #16), etc. Get comfortable in bed and then force yourself to keep your eyes open except to blink. G’night!
2. Socks To The Rescue
Wearing socks warms your feet. Tell me something I didn’t know, right?! But this simple knowledge might be just what you need to get over the hump separating frustration and falling asleep. Just as you are about to doze off, your body sends blood to your extremities: your hands and your feet. If they are warm, it will help redistribute your blood which can help you enter the elusive Land of Sleep. Before you get into bed, put on a pair of comfortable socks. (Or if you want to save time in the morning, throw on tomorrow’s pair!) If you absolutely, positively cannot wear socks in bed, try a hot water bottle near your feet. Bonne nuit. (Good night in French.)