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What are good ways to fall asleep?

Asked by tyrantxseries (4722points) December 15th, 2008

I read the question“How much sleep do you need to function productively?” the average answer was between 3–9 hours(I assume per night) my question is how do you “fall” asleep? are there certain routines that you do? do you drink certain things?
I only ask this because the only way I can sleep is if I take the pills the Doctor gives me(and when I take them I get extremely vivid horrific dreams) on a average week I usually get 6–8 hours of sleep. I am looking to change that to on a average night, so I am looking for any help with that.

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El_Cadejo's avatar

I used to take sleeping pills. Hated them. Sure i slept all night, but i didnt get any energy out of it. I would wake up feeling like i never passed out. I also dont get tired until really late at night.

My routine.
Smoke a nice big bowl
climb into bed
play a round of some video game or watch an ep of a cartoon.
Pass out.

emilyrose's avatar

You need to start exercising regularly, not having caffeine past noon (or even earlier), and getting in your bed an hour before you want to sleep. You can also take some natural sleep aids that will not leave you feeling groggy. Try melatonin, chamomile tea, or special homeopathic sleep aids. I use Hylands “Calms.” You may also benefit from seeing a counselor. It may be stress or some other issue that is keeping you awake. Good luck!

scamp's avatar

I take a time-released pain medication daily, and I take it a couple of hours before bedtime, so by the time I go to bed, I am groggy enough to drift off.

I know, this answer won’t help you.. but it’s what I do.

PupnTaco's avatar

What about a nice old-fashioned humping?

akmcg's avatar

Calms Forte and Valerian root are natural sleep aids that, when combined with relaxation techniques, work nicely on short term basis, but the valerian smells like dirty feet so beware. I agree with earlier comments that it may be stress of some sort, but you know better than we on that part…good luck getting some z’s!

Flawed's avatar

I leave radio on- heart fm. Can’t sleep without back ground noise.

cookieman's avatar

Tuck my wife and daughter into bed.

Drink a glass of milk or a bottle of water.

Headphones on with either jazz or classical playing.

Maybe some Fluthering on the iPhone.

Night night.

augustlan's avatar

I have to be utterly exhausted before I can fall asleep. I am a big fan of ‘white noise’ though, and always have a fan going.

PupnTaco's avatar

I have tinnitus which keeps me up sometimes. I found a nice iPhone app called (and misspelled) “Ambiance” which has beddie-bye sounds like rain, crickets, etc. Since I charge my phone on my nightstand and use it as an alarm clock, this turned out to be a useful solution.

shrubbery's avatar

Lately I’ve been having to take a phenergan tablet each night an hour before I think I want to go to bed, it’s actually a tablet for allergies and hayfever and stuff but it causes drowsiness and it’s the only one that seems to work for me, and it’s the only way I get a full nights sleep these days.

BlueDing's avatar

Actually, you’re not supposed to use alcohol as a way to sleep because it doesn’t promote good sleep. You don’t sleep as deeply so you don’t get your needed REM cycles, and you don’t sleep as long.

gooch's avatar

I usually start off with closing my eyes.

girlofscience's avatar

Simply Sleep from the makers of Tylenol PM.

Neurario's avatar

I’ve always found it hard to sleep, because I have so many thoughts running about in my head. My best solution so far is to load up a soundscape on my MP3 player (usually the one hour thunderstorm from ) and just close my eyes.

Usually I’ll fall asleep toward the latter end of the soundscape. Of course I’ll end up having to recharge my player in the morning, but it’s a small price to pay.

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