3 Things to Try When You’re Struggling to Fall Asleep

3 Things to Try When You're Struggling to Fall Asleep: The techniques I used to go from it taking me three or four hours to fall asleep to passing out right away | College with Caitlyn

If you didn’t know, the month of November was a really rough one for me because sleep just wasn’t in my cards. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time to sleep, my body just refused to fall asleep. Lovely right? It had gotten so bad that I couldn’t remember what we did in class and I would always go straight back to bed after coming home for the day. And I don’t take naps.

The final straw for me was when it took me about four hours to fall asleep one night. When I got up the next morning I hopped on Instagram stories and asked for your help. I was going to test out melatonin, but found I didn’t need it after I started testing out a few of the tricks y’all provided me and that I’ve learned over the years.

Don’t force it

If you’re only going to bed because you feel like you need to be in bed at an acceptable time you aren’t going to be able to fall asleep. Instead of laying awake tossing and turning for hours you could be doing something productive like reading, chatting with friends (if they’re awake), or any other task you need to get done. Heck, you could clean your whole room!

Doing something like this helps to relax your mind and really get you ready for bed. I found that I was so stressed at night with so many things on my mind that I couldn’t fall asleep. Writing in my gratitude journal, reading old journal entries, and flipping through magazines helps me to calm my brain and slip into sleep faster.

Get cuddly

I love to cuddle. Like an insane amount. It’s a running joke among my friends that I’m awful to sleep with. I just want to be close okay! I’m sorry if you try to get away from my cuddling habits and end up pressed against the wall. That sounds like your problem.

Anyway, I find that it’s insanely easier for me to fall asleep if someone is next to me. Whether actually in bed with me or just in the bed next to mine, it puts me at ease for some reason.

My roommate was not one for cuddling (she is one of my best friends I’m not just trying to cuddle with a random girl) so that wasn’t really an option for me through the semester. I recently realized though that when I hug a pillow or just place it next to me I sleep better. I can’t explain this. It just works. Science?

Swap up sleeping position

Another huge thing that really helped me was switching up the way I was laying in bed. I started sleeping with my head at the other end of the bed and I started falling asleep so much faster. I got this tip from one of my friends and I tried it out after realizing I kept waking up sideways in bed.

If you think it’s too weird to sleep with your head where your feet usually go, try sleeping diagonally or even sideways if you can still fit with your bed that way.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

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