Coming from someone who has terrible insomnia at times, I know the struggle of not being able to fall asleep *facepalm*. It’s a sad reality and if you’re reading this article, you too suffer from this.
One night of no sleep won’t kill you but continued sleep deprivation will takes it’s toll. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to increased stress, decreased alertness, and even cognitive impairment, according to Michael J. Breus, PhD, on WebMD.com. In my years I’ve researched TONS of ways to “naturally” induce sleep, and I’ve found some pretty unorthodox methods.
Here are my top 6 weird hacks to fall asleep FAST:
The Big O
Okay so this hack isn’t necessarily weird but it’s still cool to know. After sex our body releases a hormone called Oxycontin aka The Love Hormone. The hormone counteracts stress hormones and helps you fall asleep easily. The endorphins that are released during intercourse, or even a solo round *wink wink* calm you down and help you relax before bedtime. So…yeah…there’s that.
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, more widely known as ASMR, is a GREAT way to end your day! So what exacly is ASMR you ask? Well Google describes it as
“a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.”
ASMR has gained plenty of popularity lately and you can find thousands of videos on YouTube that fit you tingly needs. These videos consist of people doing simple everyday tasks like folding clothing, flipping pages, or brushing hair. But don’t be fooled, these tasks are extremely calming to watch and listen to.
Sadly, ASMR does not work for everyone, and it can be hard imagining the feeling if you haven’t experienced it yourself. But give it a shot!
Dunk your head in cold water
This is the least fun method of falling asleep. Submerging your face in a bowl of ice cold water for 30 seconds will trigger your mammalian diving reflex. This is an involuntary human reflex that slows down your heart rate and tells your body to calm down by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
So, if you’re brave give this method a shot. You’ll feel relaxed and ready for bed!
Cool down your room
Contrary to what you may think, the human body sleeps better in cooler temperatures. The colder the room the easier it is for your body to drift into a peaceful cozy sleep. The perfect temperature is between 60 to 68 degrees.
Checking your cell phone when you’re trying to fall asleep is really REALLY bad for your sleep. Not only is it really distracting, but the blue light coming from your phone will prevent melatonin production (which helps your body know when it’s time for sleep).
If you have an iPhone make sure you set your phones Night Shift on at 7pm till your wake up time. This will make your screen color a warmer color so you won’t keep yourself awake by staring at the bright blue screen before bed.
Place a pillow under or between your knees
If you sleep on your back try adding a pillow under your knees for better sleep. This will help your lower back assume it’s natural curve and relax into your sleeping position. If you sleep on your side, try adding a pillow between your knees to help your spine remain aligned throughout the night.
Primica Knee Pillow
Comment below if you’ve ever tried these tips 🙂