It has happened to all of us. Lying in bed—can’t sleep. Not even a late night Hulu session can do the trick. It’s time to nip this problem in the bud. Here are some healthy ways to get the well-deserved sleep you need:
- Exercise more. It wouldn’t kill you to take off those sweatpants you’ve been wearing since Presidents Day weekend and head over to the OMAC.
- Don’t nap. It will likely make you less tired come bedtime.
- Avoid doing work on or in your bed. You want your bed to be a soporific sanctuary, not a worry ward.
- Steer clear of caffeine (and other stimulants) after the sun sets.
- Try to maintain a regular sleep pattern. Going to bed around the same time every night can help normalize your biological clock.
- Stop stressing about it! Worrying about insomnia can make it worse. Put sleep on the back burner and focus on other things.
- Avoid bright lights when approaching bedtime. Light late at night can trick your body into thinking it is daytime.
- Get off before you doze off. Take a page out of Marvin Gaye’s book and try some Sexual Healing.
- Meditate before bed. It will calm your nervous system and clear your head.
- Melatonin. This naturally occurring hormone is secreted by your pineal gland and can be taken over the counter to treat insomnia.
And of course there are the less healthy methods:
- Alcohol. From a glass of red wine to the SciLi Challenge, alcohol can help get the job done. While it might help you pass out fall into a slumber more easily, BEWARE, because too much of it will reduce the quality of your sleep.
- Marijuana. Mary Jane is probably good at tucking you in, but her continual use before bed may cause an unhealthy dependency.
- The Owen Wilson method. It’s quick, effective, and kind of scary.