I generally don’t struggle with sleep. However, every once in a while I struggle with insomnia. It is a special kind of torture to not be able to sleep when your husband and child are sleeping peacefully on either side of you.
As such I have learned a few tricks which help me when insomnia strikes. None of them are guaranteed but since they contain no artificial additives I don’t feel bad about trying them.
Probably the most effective trick that I have discovered is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. At it’s simplest you breathe in slowly through your nose for a slow count of 4, hold your breath for a slow count of 7 and breathe out slowly through your nose for a count of 8. I cannot remember it taking more than four cycles of this breathing technique to fall asleep.
The next most important thing that I have learned is that screens and sleep do not mix. It comes down the frequency of the light in the screens.
Surprisingly caffeine does not seem to have a huge impact for me…but then I am a tea drinker. Sometimes if my thoughts are racing it helps to just get out of bed and dump as many thoughts as possible on paper… I try to avoid using a screen for this because screens and sleep do not mix.
I have also noticed that I cannot game before trying to sleep. The games are just too stimulating. When I go through patches of insomnia it seems having a bit of a wind down routine helps, and sometimes getting out of bed and repeating the routine can work.
Love and sleeplessness,