It goes without saying that sleep is an important part of life.
We have crazy adventures during the day (and into the night), but eventually we need to set our head down, get some sleep, and recharge. The reasons are numerous, but for a straightforward example, try not sleeping for a night and see how you feel the next day. I can tell you from experience that it’s not much fun.
I’ve had trouble sleeping for about as long as I can remember. I have what some call “Sleep Onset Insomnia“, which basically means that I have trouble falling asleep, but once I’m sleeping, all is well. This… condition, has forced me to put a lot of thought into improving the quality of my sleep. So today I’m going to share a few simple tricks I use to, you know… actually fall asleep, and even dramatically improve the quality of my sleep. They’re relevant to everyone, not just insomniacs.
Let’s get started. I’m just going to share the useful stuff, no fluff, no bullshit.
- If you’re on the computer late, install F.lux. It adjusts the color temperature of your monitor during the evening to closer match firelight, and I found this so useful that I wrote an entire article about it.
- Sleeping in total darkness means much better sleep, so either wear a sleep mask, or get blackout curtains. I find a sleep mask obnoxious, and actually can’t sleep with one. I picked up some cheap blackout curtains from a store that shall not be mentioned, and now my bedroom is pitch black… like the movie.
- Taking a low dose of Melatonin 30 minutes before bed means you’ll sleep like a rock, and with high quality sleep to boot. I take 1.5mg when I really need to sleep like the dead, and it works wonders. If you’ve never heard of Melatonin, start reading here. In short, it’s a hormone that helps regulate the circadian rhythm.
Do you share a bed with someone else, and have trouble falling asleep? Try sleeping in another bed as an experiment, and I think you’ll be surprised with the results. I know this isn’t the most comforting answer, but believe me, it can make a big difference – for you and your partner. Believe it or not, our ancestors slept very differently.
That’s it, just four points. Why? Because I’ve found that everything else was a waste of time. These are the “tricks” that actually worked for me, and as I’m sure you can see, none of them are complicated.
If you have any questions, or would like to add some suggestions of your own, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment below!