Introduction: How to Get to Sleep.

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Everyone has had one of those nights. You get into bed, your nice and cozy, and maybe you watch TV for a while. Then, you roll over and close your eyes. About 10 minutes later you realized you aren't falling asleep. These are some tips to help you.

Step 1: Preparing for Sleep - Consuming

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Try not to drink too much caffeine. Do not drink much coffee, only drink it in the morning. And do not drink too much soda. First off, soda has a lot of caffeine, and second off, soda makes you have to go to the bathroom a lot.
As for eating, do not eat after 3 hours before you go to bed. This can cause aspiration (stomach acid coming up into the throat). I have acid reflux disease, so if I sleep flat, I wake up coughing up body fluids. It burns, and takes too long to get rid of. And another reason is because you may have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Step 2: Preparing for Sleep - Drowsiness - Before Sleeping

It is a good idea to make sure you are tired so can fall asleep. It may seem awkward, but before I go to sleep, I do stuff I do to waste time during the day. I may read a book, or use my laptop. I might draw, and maybe even watch TV.
I am putting the most effective strategy in a whole new paragraph. Listen to music. Just lay in the dark, with blankets over you, and listen to your favorite band. You will catch yourself dosing off after a few songs. Do not panic to say "YES, IT'S WORKING!". Then your excitement will wake you up more. Usually, when I do this, I turn off my Zune, and fall asleep within 5 minutes.

Step 3: Preparing for Sleep - One Consumption That Will Help

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There is only one consumption that will help you get to sleep. It is white and thick, and creamy. What is it? Milk. It cools you down, and you get much comfier, and you start getting a little tired. Just make sure that after you drink the milk, you stack a few extra pillows so that you will not aspirate.

Step 4: Making Sure You Are Comfortable - Heat

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Before you actually struggle to get to sleep make sure you are comfortable. One of the things that really bother me when I can't get to sleep is the temperature.
The absolute worst troublemaker for me is if I am hot, I do not want to take off my blanket because it is what help me get to sleep since it is comfortable, and cozy. So I installed an air conditioner in my window. If I get too hot, I turn the knob to maybe 7 or 8. If I get cold, I turn the knob to maybe 6 or 5. Results depend on the size and shape of your room, and how long the air conditioner has been running. Sometimes, for some reason if the Air conditioner is on a high mode and I am still hot, I turn on a floor fan. I usually turn it on 2 or 3. Or if I am hot but not too hot, I put it on 1. Depending on your gender, it may be comfortable to take off some clothes. Sometimes my shirt, but most of the time I take off a piece of clothing, it is my shorts/pants. But I don't do that often. One last thing that I almost never do but you may want to try is getting a drink. Anything nice and cold. I prefer ice water.

Step 5: Getting Comfortable - Cold

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This doesn't happen often because most people have heating. But just in case you don't, or if it is below 0 degrees (Fahrenheit).
One way you can get warmer is turning your heat up. This is very simple, but it may bother other people in your home. Try putting on more blankets. Or, if I am cold at night, I usually put on some heavier sleeping clothes. Such as sweat pants, a sweatshirt, and a some nice socks. As you might tell, the most you can do for coldness turn your heat up, bundle up, and maybe drink some hot cocoa.

Step 6: Getting Comfortable - Matress

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There are soo many different types of mattresses. Sleep Number, Tempur Pedic, and the very much hated spring mattresses. This is something I will NOT know much about. If I had to pick one I would have for the rest of my life, I would pick the Tempur Pedic (memory foam (by the way, I do NOT own any of these companies)).

Step 7: Getting Comfortable - Blankets

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If it is hot in your room, and you just get it perfect, take off your comforter, and throw on a small fleece blanket. Usually when I do this, it is only from about my waist and below. It may not be as thick, long, and comfortable as a comforter, but it works like comforter.
If it is the perfect temperature, you will be able to use a comforter without any heat or cold.

On the other hand, if your comforter is just uncomfortable and itchy from so much use, try buying a more expensive and durable brand. It will last longer, and they are usually more comfortable.

Step 8: Getting Comfortable - Pillows

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There are many type of pillows. Couch pillows, those weird long cylinder pillows, those squishy pillows, memory foam pillows, and regular bed pillows. There are 2 different types of pillows that I use. On the bottom I have 2 regular bed pillows. But on top of that I have a memory foam pillow. I definitely recommend using a memory foam pillow if you can get you hands (and head, haha) on one.

If you are a sufferer of acid reflux like me, stack 2 or 3 pillows. But remember, from so much use and age, pillows flatten out over time. So depending on how fluffed your pillows are, you may need 4 pillows.

Step 9: Play a Game With Time

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Some weird thing I came up with is to find out how long you can keep your eyes closed for. Stare at a clock, and wait until the next minute starts. As soon as the time changes, close your eyes. Get comfy and stay still. Slowly move your eyes in a loop around your eye sockets so that you create an artificial REM. You will notice you start drifting away from your body (not literally). You will start seeing odd visions, almost like lucid dreams, and you will still realize you are awake.

Step 10: Any Questions?

When I was about 9, I almost NEVER got a good night of sleep. So I can be like a sleep guru, hehehe. Ask me questions that I can come up with an answer for! I hoped you enjoyed my tips!


Branbuscus (author)2013-07-07

What helps me is breathing in and out slowly, like your pretending I be asleep.

darthbindy (author)2012-03-15

what i find helps is breath in, and when you breath out, pretend your sinking deeper and deeper into your bead with each breath out

nutsandbolts_64 (author)2011-05-15

Actually, we have a mattress with no spring or any sort of 'springy' thing in it, but yet people sleep comfortably on it. If you know the game Half-Life 2 (or maybe Garry's Mod) I picture the G-man talking to me (his voice is like, drowsy and stuff). Wanna know how to sleep? If you know the stereotypical hypnosis-inducing spiral, picture that, it can actually get you drowsy if you imagine in right.

TIP: Any exposure to artificial light might disrupt sleeping cycle (and that is why I need an EMP generator :D)

hhhttt (author)2009-12-06

like i said b4 i cant get to sleep on Christmas eve like every kid, ad i need help any possible answers are fine.

P.S. What are "lucid dreams"?

Flumpkins (author)hhhttt2009-12-08

Punch yourself as hard as you can and cry yourself to sleep. LOL jkjk. Do not drink soda, coffee, and do not consume anything with caffeine. Some people get together on Christmas eve, and exchange early presents. If you do anything on Christmas Eve, run around with a little boy, a doggy, or just be annoying so you will be tired when you go to bed. Try listening to music, preferably NOT christmas music, that will just get you more excited. Try to forget the next day is Christmas. Try to imagine it's a normal day tomorrow.  Or you can stay up all night watching TV lol NOT. That sucks. One time when I was like 7 I woke up a 2 in the morning, came downstairs, and stared at the clock until 7 so I could wake my parents haha.

Lucid dreams are dreams, where you know you are dreaming, yet you continue to see your dream.

pixieliz (author)Flumpkins2010-10-30

Hey Flumpkins, I've been enjoying reading the posts here. Part of my job is to help people improve their sleep; I used to really enjoy advising people about it and problem-solving with them until 8 weeks ago... I've suddenly developed insomina. And now it really sucks to be helping people who are getting more sleep than me!!! Anyway, I've been giggling while reading your replies to people, and thought I'd share my lucid dream experience with you and your followers.
Ok, so for years I've been having recurring dreams about needing a poo in a public place and eventually find a toilet after much searching. Only problem is, everyone can see me. I know, it's a classic. Anyway, I usually just get on with it and feel mildly embarassed. Thing is, recently, it's become lucid. I've had the dream so many times that now when I'm in the dream I think 'Oh no, this is just like one of those toilet/anxiety dreams I have, only this time... it's real'.
Do you think that is a genuine lucid dream as I'm thinking about something outside of the dream?

p.s. I'm going to try the fake-REM type eyeball rolling you suggest. I think it's going to work wonders for me at 4am.

Flumpkins (author)pixieliz2010-12-02

Yea, most likely. I've never experienced one, but I've heard about them, and that sounds about correct. Odd dream, by the way ahaha.

since this was over a month ago, how did it work?

And sorry about the long delay, I've forgotten about this site haha

pixieliz (author)Flumpkins2010-12-03

Well, the eyeball thing didn't really work for me... but it inspired me to try other 'tricks' on the brain so I've mastered the art of copying my boyfriends breathing when he's asleep, that really deep, slow, infrequent breathing people do when they're fast asleep. And, it seems to trick my brain into drifting off. Or imagining something really nice like floating around in a giant comfy duvet with stars around or something like that. It all works as long as the boyfriend is not awake. On those occasions I'm doomed - he fidgets and I get reallly annoyed. Annoyed = sleep impossible! I've also had to almost give up alcohol totally as that seems to be what wakes me up in the night if I've had a few glasses of wine in the evening. Doh!

hhhttt (author)Flumpkins2009-12-08

lol about the punching, we dont do early exchange bc my brother will play with them all night,and Ive tried the forget xmas it doesnt work ill try the music and any othe suggestions will be good

Ikkalebob (author)2010-10-29

Feather pillows are very comfy but every now and then pointy bits come out of the front and stab you in the face while your asleep. its not pleasant. Memory foam pillows, on the other hand, are amazing!

Flumpkins (author)Ikkalebob2010-12-02

Haha I'd like to try a feather pillow sometime. The only thing I've had with feathers is a comforter....haha. That was SOO warm.

Ikkalebob (author)2010-10-29

This is a good idea but I strongly advise not reading because it stimulates your brain and can even make it harder to sleep.

Cheezpaper (author)2010-10-02

I had a lucid dream once where I was doing chores and I pulled out a bed from out under the kitchen sink and I had a remote and changed the room by pressing the room up button and I fell asleep. It was weird.

And then in my real dream, I woke up for school had breakfast, ate a banana and did no work at all and when I really woke up, I thought I really did that stuff.

mr.noris (author)Cheezpaper2010-10-26

i hate it when that happens!

Cr4zy_Dud3_0n_F1r3 (author)2010-10-01

I know what that feels like, the drifting feeling. Its almost like a ghost flew through you and your soul gets knocked out of your body, and then you feel your soul going around you until it gets knocked back into you, at that point I usually fall asleep.

zack attack (author)2010-04-06

my mom say's that hot milk makes you sleep better. ( it taste's disgusting.)

Flumpkins (author)zack attack2010-04-15

Hmmm... never tried it. I might some day though!

zack attack (author)Flumpkins2010-04-20

I wouldn't if I were you. ITS SO DISGUSTING!!!!!!! but if you want you can try it.

Flumpkins (author)zack attack2010-04-24

lol thanks for the tip

Its okay, but then again it depends on how long you microwave it, my mom does it for about 5 seconds so its just slightly warm to the touch. But it doesn't really help me.

zipzapper859 (author)2010-06-11

hey i wake up a lot when i sleep and it gets annoying and i roll over a lot is there a way to stop that? when i wake up it usually takes me about 30 min to a hour to fall back asleep. i got a really nice mattress and pillows and i still have troubles sleeping. i have found if i just listen to the beginning of a movie that i have seen over a million times than i usually fall asleep pretty quickly

Flumpkins (author)zipzapper8592010-06-18

Happens to me too... I've been experimenting and nothing has worked :(

zack attack (author)2010-04-06

last night and the night before i think i got a totel of FOUR HOURS OF SLEEP!!!!!!!!

zack attack (author)zack attack2010-04-06

but i hope this awsome instructable will help me.

Flumpkins (author)zack attack2010-04-15

I didn't see this comment, so did it help?

zack attack (author)Flumpkins2010-04-16


Flumpkins (author)zack attack2010-04-16

Good! I'm happy I helped you :D

Flumpkins (author)zack attack2010-04-15

Well recently I have had about a week with no sleep at all. Its too hot, and I tried everything. I had 2 fans on, no blankets, my window was open, and I was half naked. I was still sweating like a mad man. I tried everything in this instructable and nothing worked. Trust me, you are lucky to have at least 1 hour of sleep

chopstx (author)2009-08-04

actually, according to the book "eat this! not that!" milk makes you more alert and can make you less sleepy.

Flumpkins (author)chopstx2009-08-04

Milk has never not worked for me. I'm not sure I would go by that book.

Milk is disgusting. Yummy secreted bodily fluids, not! Melatonin and Valerian FTW

If you are talking about stomach acid, then that is not yummy, haha. It tastes like you are eating poop covered in vomit, with some icy hot cream thrown on, on top of a huge pile of mustard, sprinkled on with some mini mutated llama feces baked with some old grandma fart gas.

vandal1138 (author)Flumpkins2009-09-14

You paint a beautiful picture..... Poop covered in vomit you say? Who wants to make the first two girls one cup joke? Wait....

woodo (author)vandal11382010-02-04

haha i seen that and it made me sick i was like :O

vandal1138 (author)woodo2010-02-04

Any normal person who has seen it should feel sick afterwards. If you have any feeling other than disgust (or hysteria from the horrified faces of other onlookers) after watching that you, well, like girl poo. And girl poo is just wrong....

Flumpkins (author)vandal11382009-09-14


as much fun as fluids from a teet are, gimmie drugs any day

Milk tastes different every time I drink it.

chopstx (author)Flumpkins2009-08-04

oh, really! i guess i'll have to try that then. sorry.

Flumpkins (author)chopstx2009-08-04

No worries :)

I_am_jesuspeanut (author)2010-01-01

I really only go to sleep in cold tempratures

_Scratch_ (author)2009-12-18

lol for me it's like 1 hour and i dont fall asleep

_Scratch_ (author)_Scratch_2009-12-18

P.S (a response to "lucid dreams")  how come all of my dreams are like that???
I dream in vivid detail, and color, and i can think of what to do in my dream, but almost always forget main details when i wake up.... like i know what im dreaming and i can think almost for my self of what to do.

hhhttt (author)2009-12-06

please help me i need to get to sleep on Christmas eve. my body is too exited for "Santa" and i cant get to sleep pleez help

Sunbanks (author)2009-08-20

My room is almost ALWAYS way too hot. It seems like it's way more difficult to get to sleep when you're too hot than when you're cold.

komecake (author)Sunbanks2009-12-06

  I've dealt with this my entire life as I have a mother who doesn't use the AC until it's 95 degrees or above.

 Get a cold rag and lay is on your back with the van blowing on it. An alternative that works well to this is to run cold water over your feet or get a spray bottle with water and get them wet. Make sure to get in between your toes. Put the fan right on your feet and also put a cold rag on top. You'll cool off immediately and it usually lasts long enough  so you can doze off.

Flumpkins (author)Sunbanks2009-08-20

I know. Couldn't agree more. Do you have an A/C, Fan, or ceiling fan?

i have a fan,keep the window open use no blankets and wear shorts and a t-shirt in what is this ummmm  oh right november ,,watch out turkeys hehe,, and i am still hot. what sould i do take a bath in dry ice?!

Sunbanks (author)Flumpkins2009-08-21

Nope, we just have heaters :\ I've told my mom we need to get screens for the windows but we haven't yet.

DJ Radio (author)2009-08-04

Milk does help you to fall asleep. You should also add that fooling around with electronics and gizmos keeps you from falling asleep after you put em away.

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