10 Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep

10 things to do when you can't sleep

March 12, 2019


Even though your Allswell mattress is obviously unbelievably comfy, there are still times when you can’t sleep. It just happens. If it becomes a regular thing, consult your doc, of course. But first, try these simple methods to help get you back to snoozing.

Unplug. The first “do” here is actually a “don’t” — and it’s an important one. Unplug those devices of yours. Laptops, tablets, phones … all of them off. The white light they emit make the brain work hard to be alert rather than to shut off and get to sleep.

Meditate. Now that you’re no longer checking your DMs or Insta feed, turn your focus within. Breathing and relaxation exercises are a way to calm both mind and body. One note: there are plenty of apps (like Calm) designed to do just that. So we’ll allow you to turn on your phone for those (but ONLY for those! And only on night mode!).

Read. Yes, read. As in, an actual book. Hey, even a magazine. Seriously, a short pamphlet is fine, too. Anything that is engaging to you but not too stimulating or stressful. (This isn’t the time to figure out quantum physics, or do legal research on why your landlord unfairly increased your rent.)

read when you can't fall asleep

Get out of bed. This one might sound odd, but there’s a psychological component to it. If you’re having a hard time falling asleep, either sit in a comfy chair in your bedroom or go to another room to do any of the above activities. This may keep you from developing a negative emotional connection to your bed.

Take a warm bath. You may not have time for this one during the busy day, but if you’re feeling a little restless, this is as good a time as any to indulge in self-care.

Get some scents going. From lavender to jasmine, certain herbs and florals are shown to potentially promote relaxation, calm anxiety, and help you sleep. Beyond keeping those calming plants in the bedroom, indulge in their essential oils to multiply the effect.

Think of dreamy things. This one’s not easy, but with practice you can make it work. Rather than freaking out about stressful life situations — or simply about the fact that you’re likely going to be tired the next day — try to reclaim this time to think about relaxing things. From fun weekend plans to upcoming vacations to which museum exhibits you’ll see next … make this a time to brainstorm the happy stuff in life. You just might be in dreamland before you finalize your plans.

Make bedtime a thing. Don’t just plop into bed unceremoniously. Instead, stick to a bedtime routine. And no, not just brushing your teeth. Indulge in a great night cream or mask, do a little journaling, or add any of the above steps like breathing exercises or a little reading. Whatever your routine is, it’ll consistently get you into the mindset for sleep.

Feather your nest. Put some fresh sheets on the bed. And comfy PJs on yourself. This will set a relaxing tone. Sinking into freshly washed-and-dried sheets is a great feeling, and a nice pair of PJs gives bedtime more importance than a raggy T and sweats.

Finally, don’t flip out. If you are feeling restless, don’t worry. Just acknowledge it and try to relax and rest your mind, even though your body is awake. Obsessing over being awake will only delay sleep.