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What to do when you can't sleep?

Asked by sml (107points) August 8th, 2010

I don’t mean like forever, just a trick for a single night.

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plethora's avatar

I take a shower. Even if I have already had one in the evening. Oh….I also have sleep meds if I need them.

Edit: Just saw your age, so sleep meds would be out. I also have some mindless games on my Iphone and sometimes I play them after the shower. It’s important for me, to get to sleep, not to feel like I must get to sleep. So I distract myself with games.

sml's avatar

thanks I think I will

InkyAnn's avatar

I Fluther…

sml's avatar

that’s what I’m doing right now. and last night, but I have A TON to do tomorrow, so I need sleep.


I find putting a little mentholated Vicks Vapor Rub right under my nose helps. The soothing scent of menthol puts me to sleep. Sometimes, I even rub a little of the stuff on my temples. It’s like a little relaxing massage.

redfurry's avatar

I can’t sleep when I’m on the computer so I get off when I need to get up early.
Eating a snack. Listening to music. Put a nightlight on. For some reason a little light helps me to fall asleep faster but sometimes total darkness does. Hot bath, after school i would take one and fall asleep in my towel on my bed.

ETpro's avatar

I hang here on Fluther. But when I really know I need to get to sleep, I take an extra couple of 3 mg. melatonin. Typical doses are around 1 to 3 mgs, and 50 mgs. is quite harmless. There really isn’t much of a threat of overdose, as it’s a natural hormone the body makes to quiet the brain and bring on sleep.

InkyAnn's avatar

This may sound like an old wives tale, but a warm glass of milk and a hot/warm wet towel over my eyes with a dim light on…

sml's avatar

I just got milk :)

sml's avatar

I’m gonna try to turn off the computer.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Read. Either you’ll lose interest in the book and slowly trail of to sleep, or you’re be very interested in the book and stay up reading. Either way, it’s a win for you.

plethora's avatar

I love to be on Fluther and I do for awhile when I can’t sleep, but the computer can keep you awake.

redfurry's avatar

Yea I’ve stayed up untill 5am on the computer. Time flys on here and keeps your brain busy. It’s the devil i tell you the devil…lol jk

Frenchfry's avatar

Take a tylenol PM,. Does the trick for me.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Read or watch TV, or i’ll just lay there until i do doze off. I’m not the type that so easily actually gets up in the middle of the night to find something to keep myself busy with until i finally get tired – at least, so far i’ve never done this.

thenakedself's avatar

I read, write, or watch TV.

sml's avatar

thanks. I ended up having a glass of milk, then fell asleep. Go figure?

Austinlad's avatar

What works best for me is not to lie there, but to get up and do something, like read or Web surf.

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