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Things to do when you can’t sleep

24th March 2023

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We’ve all had those nights, the ones where you can’t seem to shut your mind off and get to sleep. Try the following sleep tips to help you get a good night’s sleep. We all experience times when we ask ourselves, ‘why can’t I sleep?’ Here are a few sleep tips to keep you occupied for an hour or two until you finally get sleepy.

Can’t seem to fall asleep?

Do you find yourself staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning, night after night? Do you struggle to get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed and energized? If so, you’re not alone. Many people have trouble falling asleep, and it can be frustrating and exhausting. Lack of sleep can lead to a host of health problems, including increased stress, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and even a weakened immune system.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can try to help you drift off into a peaceful slumber. From establishing a bedtime routine to avoiding caffeine and electronics before bed, we’ll explore some of the best strategies for getting the restful sleep you need to feel your best. So, let’s dive in and discover how you can finally say goodbye to those sleepless nights!

Sleep tips for when you just can’t seem to fall asleep

Sleep tips for when you just can't seem to fall asleep

Sleep Tips #1 – Try reading a book

If you can’t sleep, try reading a book. This is a classic and may or may not be your cup of tea. Some people find that reading a book late at night will make them sleepy; others find that an interesting book will keep them up even longer. It’s a personal choice, of course. You need to decide which one you are.

Sleep Tips #2 – Watch crappy late-night TV

Watch crappy late-night TV if you have trouble falling asleep. Again, this is something that can make you quite sleepy because the programs are often quite boring. It is, of course, a complete waste of time, and you run the risk of purchasing something you don’t really want or need from a Home Shopping Channel in your tired but awake and frustrated state. Warning: If you say, “Those Ab machines look like they really work!” It’s time to turn off the TV and try one of the other activities.

Sleep Tips #3 – Check your emails

Check your emails if you can’t sleep. A busy schedule at work and home often means personal emails can build-up. Why not kill an hour tidying your inbox, replying to loved ones, and having a laugh at a few jokes? Do not read your work emails! These won’t make you sleepy, just more annoyed. It’s far better to go to bed tired but with a smile on your face from reading a funny joke or a friendly email than worrying about work. That can wait until tomorrow.

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Sleep Tips #4 – Work through it and nap later

If you still can’t sleep, but your brain is still functioning, you can do some work. It sounds awful, but when you finish work tomorrow and need an afternoon nap because you only had 3 hours of sleep the night before, you’ll be glad that you got ahead with your university assignment, dishes, correspondence, filing, or whatever job you have lying around that you can do. I still stress that you shouldn’t do work-related tasks. Complete chores that you have to do but don’t get paid for. If you start working on your work presentation, you’ll only get annoyed that you are doing it at 3 am for no extra money.

Sleep Tips #5 – Play with your dog or cat

Play with your dog or cat if you are having trouble falling asleep. At first, they’ll be annoyed, but heck, they can sleep all day tomorrow. They will appreciate the extra attention, and you will have a little fun. This should decrease your stress and hopefully help you to relax and feel sleepy. Throw in a cup of chamomile tea as well.

These sleep tips are meant to provide a few ideas for those people that may have trouble sleeping every now and then. If you are suffering from persistent symptoms of insomnia, sleep apnoea, narcolepsy, or chronic sleep deprivation, seek medical advice.