I read novels when I am unable to sleep.
I like the idea of waking up at midnight and playing games until the sun comes up. I also like the idea of doing this with a group of friends in a multiplayer setting. If I had friends to do this with, we'd play some PUBG, Skate 2(yes I said Skate 2), and maybe some League of Legends or something involving team play/strategy.Lol this makes no sense. What a subjective answer
This just happened to me this today. What I did was watch a whole bunch of extremely lengthy analytical perspectives on games I've loved from my relatively-adolescent stage like DeadRising. Once I had at least 2 hours until I had to go to work, I got my ass up put a podcast on, cleaned my room. Went to a gas station drank a red bull refilled gas idk just random chore bullshit
Planks. Nothing focuses the mind or makes time slow down quite like holding a plank for an extended period. A few rounds of those can be done quickly in just about any room. Once I'm done I feel like I exerted myself physically and slowed down my mind a little bit.
Albums like My Bloody Valentine's Loveless or Beach House 7 are amazing at putting me in a sleepy mood too.
Reading really helps too, as long as it is not a screen. Physical books or those Kindles that aren't backlit do the trick for me. Even if the book is interesting and I'm wide awake, reading in bed will get those eyelids heavy eventually.
I've also had success with melatonin, just don't use it too frequently if you do try, otherwise it's affects will be diminished. I don't really have a good routine for when I can't fall asleep. The best remedy seems to be reading for me, but sometimes I will still defiantly just lay in bed thinking about how I need to fall asleep. So I would recommend reading. I use a kindle with the blue light function turned on that way I don't have to worry about having a lamp or ceiling light on.
So I will suggest this. Probably not the easiest or most entertaining, but start working out. Run a mile every night to physically wear yourself out like you used to when you were a kid.
Right now, especially with adults, they are mentally exhausted, but not physically. If you start balancing that out, it will hopefully work in your favor to make you a little more worn out before bed. A good way to reset your sleep cycle and make it more consistant is to work out when you get home from work, get a sweat going. Clean up, eat a light dinner and then go to bed.
Ima Army vet and a chef so i am used to sleep deprevation. But that feeling of not being able to sleep sucks shit. I recommend some trees, GBI, and if that doesn't work hard booze. Dont live like i do is the key lesson. I tried melotonin and i had way worse nightmares than usual so i stopped. And ambien and all that synthetic garbage makes me feel super spacey. Anyway good luck with the insomnia.
When I can not fall asleep more than one hour I just go and play some MMORPG like EVE Online or just read a book. It is worth because in this game value is worth much money. People are making estimations https://mmogo24.blogspot.com/2018/09/eve-isk-per-hour-estimates.html so you can plan how to make the second salary but of course, it is not easy. :D
I can't answer this without incriminating myself....
I'm usually pretty tired now - I only have issues with sleeping if I'm watching something on a screen. Reading usually gets me to nod off.
If it's really impossible to fall asleep, I just get up now rather than laying there for hours trying to force sleep.
Pre-bed routine to clear the mind and let any accumulated fatigue settle is golden for me. Brushing teeth, some light stretching, reading short stories or a novel, and avoiding any digital stuff.
Anyone else have that sensation of 'coming down' about 30 minutes after shutting the TV or computer off?
Depending on where you live in America (or Canada) there's a little shop that can get you some VERY effective, non-habit forming, no-hangover causing, can't OD-on, cheapest-drug-there-is that I've found is the most helpful thing in the world to treat.
That and putting on Thrilling Adventure Hour to give my stupid brain something to focus on so that it doesn't run around in circles.
That said: exercise throughout the day. I try to do ~7500 steps (big city, no car) per day, but even a quick 15 minute dumbbell/light yoga session before bed can work WONDERS.
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