How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
- Make a meaningless mental list. Distract yourself from all your anxieties by listing your favorite sitcom characters, your dream music festival lineup, or something similarly frivolous.
- Try to stay awake. No, really—instead of forcing yourself to fall asleep, try to make yourself stay awake. This sounds paradoxical, but it can actually get results.
- Get out of bed. Change your environment for a few minutes—20 or 30, maybe—by going to read on your sofa or enjoying a quick, hot bath. Or, just try to fall asleep in another room. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of changing your environment.
- Write stuff down. Grab a journal or a legal pad and simply make a list of everything that’s on your mind. Sometimes, getting it onto paper can help you let go of it.
- Do some deep breathing. You can look for apps that will lead you through some breathing exercises.
- Get some morning sun. Whether you get a good night’s sleep or a poor one, you should plan on getting some sunshine first thing in the morning—a crucial way to reset your body’s internal clock and start preparing for the next night’s rest.