I Try Another Bed
- If I am tossing and turning a lot I switch to the guest room or even the couch. Sometimes that helps me re-set and fall asleep.
- —Guest kitkat
- In recent years, I go to sleep easily but I wake up around 1-2 am. When I can't get back to sleep, I read for awhile, and usually within 20 minutes I am able to sleep again. This only works well if you are sleeping alone or have a very tolerant sleeping partner.
- —Guest wb
My Sleep Strategy
- If I can't sleep I do one of two things. If I am going over something in my head, like a complaint letter, I get up and write it. If it is nothing in particular keeping me awake I'll watch some mindless television show I have recorded, like a sitcom or an episode of Dog Whisperer. About half an hour of that and I'm ready for sleep.
- —Guest Angela
- I used to lay in bed and stress over not sleeping. Now I find that if I read my mind is busy and I feel like I'm being productive without using up too much energy. (This at least makes me feel like I've not expended extra energy.) I also get a bit sleepy after awhile, but if not, the time wasn't wasted with a good book!
- —Guest Robin
Listen to the Radio
- My favorite way to relax (or at least, pass the time) when I can't sleep is to listen to the radio. I don't listen to music, because when I'm stressed, music brings up all kinds of memories and sentimental thoughts, which don't help me relax. Instead, I listen to talk radio or an all-news station. Eventually, I fall asleep. (And lately, as I've gotten older, I keep a small battery-operated fan next to my bed. Cooling off sometimes helps me fall asleep, too.)