100 thoughts on “What tricks help you get to sleep faster?

  1. I_Love_Coldplay March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I make up a story in my head about people relaxing and having fun, but I retell the same parts over and over, adding every minor detail I can think of.

  2. MySweetApplexxx March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I always picture a nap I had with my kitten about 4 years ago. He was sucking my thumb like a baby and making this cute sound while letting me hug him. It was rainy and I hadn’t slept all day, I’ll never forget that day.

  3. 3x8-12 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Having some ambient white noise in the room helps. Also it being completely dark and at an ideal temperature helps as well. I personally like it pretty cold.

  4. whatsapermanentban March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Holding my breath for 45 seconds while banging my head on a wall

  5. redsfan17 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Make a conscious effort to relax all parts of your body. You’d be surprised how long you are slightly tensing up your legs, feet, hands, etc before falling asleep. Just go from head to toe slowly relaxing each part. Should expedite the process.

  6. Juiciest_slut March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    All you have to do is just count sheep. But for each sheep you take a shot of vodka.

  7. DakAttakk March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Staying awake until I can’t anymore.

  8. toastypost March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    (☉‿☉) I haven’t slept in days

  9. ihaveafatstomach March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    i pretend i am the character of the last video game i played in real life and use my new skills and powers and weapons to do stuff i wish i could do in real life

  10. Loktharion March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I imagine i’m on a farm.

    I do my best to “hear” all the noises. Cows, Horses, cicadas, breezes, chimes, cowbells, chickens, etc.

    It seems as soon as the sounds switch to automatic, I fall asleep.

  11. DjentRiffication March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Kinda an odd one, but I think up ways to include myself as a (fictional and non cannon) character in whatever movie/tv series/book/video game/fictional universe I am currently into that make sense and don’t leave massive plot holes. Like imagine if it was Harry, Hermione, Ron and Yourself as the main protagonists. Or if it was Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, and you trying to stop the firelord. etc.

    It sounds odd at a glance, but when you are really invested in a certain fandom its kinda neat to imagine a background story and insert point where you could come along and help with big parts throughout the story arc you are currently heavily invested in. Its weird but its what I have done since I was a little kid.

    Also unrelated to that whole deal, make sure the room you are sleeping in is as dark as possible. It actually makes a huge difference both in falling asleep, and overall sleep quality in my experience.

  12. babyelephant15 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    ASMR! If you’ve never watched an ASMR video before, go into it with an open mind. It’s not for everyone, but I’m instantly relaxed and I’m asleep within minutes.

  13. wsp_fan March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I start counting down from 98 and visualize each number falling downward. If I get to the twenties or so, I start over. Most of the time I’m drifting off around thirty five.

  14. BatmanPicksLocks March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    There’s a breathing technique that works well. Something like breath in your mouth for 9 seconds, hold it for 7, and release through your nose for 5. Something like that. Takes good thought control though.

    Personally I smoke a bowl (not needed but helps me) turn off all electronics and read a book. It’s easy to keep reading past the point of being able to sleep so you gotta be able to put the book down when it’s time.

  15. Dicktremain March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    The only thing you do in your bed is sleep. Never get on your laptop/phone, no hanging out on it during the day, nothing.

    Teach your mind that the bed exists solely for sleeping.

  16. Drikkefest March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Just focusing on breathing when trying to get to sleep, nothing else. Or just thinking of what you want to dream of.

  17. GoodAdviceBadEnglish March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Masturbation. After I rub one out, I’ve got no trouble rolling over and going to sleep.

  18. jeff_the_nurse March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I think of a category and a letter. I then think of everything I can that starts with that letter and fits the category.

  19. LydierBear March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I pretend that my crush tells me he wants me in the most romantic scenarios possible.

  20. Asshole_Ina_Tiny_Car March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    This guy will put you to [sleep] {https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvOgpzRJxJg&index=3&t=147s&list=WL}

  21. unicyclemaverick March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Having mono. Got it about 14 years ago and have been able to fall asleep in an instant ever since.

  22. 3sheeting March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Sleep with me podcast. It’s designed to help you fall asleep.

  23. Dauntlessvendetta March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Moving out of your house that you share with two immature and inconsiderate 30 year old children.

  24. owenbicker March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I close my eyes and lay in bed. Behind my eyelids I’m in my own world, Alteria. Right now the most developed part of it is an island with a single building shaped like an octagon on a cliff, east of that is a forest. The southern beach has gems that wash up from a distant land where giant snake like creatures with gem-crushing mandibles can turn any matter into gemstones. The broken pieces wind up on that beach. In the center of the forest there’s a clearing where I’m going to plant a tree that will have dozens of branches, each one producing a different fruit. Most will be ones that already exist, but some might be something I make up. The south-eastern part of the forest has strange glowing lights that float among the trees and make everything seem ethereal, and just north of the building there’s a dock on a cliffside that an airship is moored at. Inside the building there’s several doors, each one leading to a different room. There’s no need to follow laws of physics, so I can have a giant library connected to a door that would only be able to hold a 5 foot wide room. I explore Alteria when I’m laying down, and I fall asleep really quickly.


    Which really sucks because I want to spend more time there. But it works for me, and I couldn’t recommend it more for various reasons.

  25. FlaxGoldenTales March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Think of how much I enjoy lying in bed doing nothing in the morning. It helps me relax, and even if I don’t get to sleep faster, it makes lying in bed awake more enjoyable.

  26. Swag__To___The__Moon March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    My dad taught me this thing where you think of all the stress leaving your body and that feeling slowly rising up your legs and continuing upwards and progressively more relaxing . It’s almost like you’re hypnotizing yourself once you get the hang of it. Highly recommend trying it.

  27. Yossi25 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I think of girls rubbing their clitoris in a circular motion. I don’t know why, but it puts me to sleep.

  28. BigPZ March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I wake up two times a night to feed my baby, he gets me up at 630, I take care of him all morning (bottle, dressed, etc) while getting myself ready for work (breakfast, shower, clothes, pack lunch, etc) Wake my wife up at 830 so I can drive half an hour to work. Work from 9 to 12 then spend my lunch at my parents house helping them with things they need done (they are older). Back to work for 1. Work until 5 at a minimum (sometimes 530, 6 or even 630). Drive half an hour home. Feed my son while eating my own dinner. Bath him. Do some house work (laundry, vacuum, etc). Put him to sleep just in time to go to bed and get up twice in the night with him again and start the whole thing over again!

  29. Ellsworthless March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I’ve tried meditation when my insomnia is extreme. It’s kinda helped I think?

  30. Caipirinja March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Go to bed when tired / Be tired when going to bed.

  31. drone42 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Controlling my lighting, in that at night I go from cool blue lights to warm, I have a program on my PC that filters blue light, and about 200mg of Trazodone.

  32. AsphaltQueen March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Guided meditations for sleep. Lots of free ones on YouTube and free apps. Listen to the same one each night and it can train your brain to fall asleep faster.

  33. strororoganoff March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    There’s a stupid phone game that can put me to sleep in like five minutes, even during the middle of the day. Habit after falling asleep rocking a newborn in the living room. There’s also an album I used to listen to every morning riding the bus in to work. Think I trained myself both times that the game/specific music meant time to sleep.

  34. man_bear March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Reading has helped me since I was probably 7 or 8. I started with reading Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes comics and that eventually evolved into books. I really like reading my kindle before bed instead of hardcover or paperback books since if I fall asleep mid page I don’t lose my place in the book.

  35. Demitramiky March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I’ve dealt with sleeping problems for yeeears, I find if i put some “thunderstorms, ocean waves” on my bluetooth speaker at obviously a very quiet setting, & a hot milky drink before bed! Also if you cant get off your phone/desktop try the night mode setting if you have it. I’m not sure if it makes a difference.

  36. LolsEUW March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I like to watch nature documentaries like planet earth, gets me relaxed really quickly and nature is always cool to watch imo

  37. Jecykah March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I usually put on a TV show from Netflix or Hulu that I’ve seen a hundred times and set the sleep timer on my phone. For me it’s usually silly cartoons like Spongebob or Adventure Time because the episodes are short and I can tune out since I already know what’s gonna happen. I have pretty bad anxiety and there’s science that says it’s comforting to watch movies or shows where you know the ending because it helps you feel in control.

  38. 112wicky March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Xanax – you will sleep like a baby

  39. bagzilla March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    The only way I can fall asleep quickly is to play a podcast really low. Anything with a screen keeps me up with the flickering lights but a podcast lulls me right out

  40. Shenex March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Create a story in my head, it’s a story I have continued since i was like 13. Different plots or whatever. I get really into it and fall asleep quickly.

  41. luperch March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    workout before sleeping

  42. quadgop March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I clear my mind by thinking of almost surreal things…I think of it as “unhitching my brain”. I just let my mind wander where it will, not thinking of any particular thing. Sometimes the thoughts stray into worrying territory, and it’s almost as if I can say to myself “no, that’ll lead to a nightmare” and I wake myself. Generally though, just thinking odd, surreal thoughts does it.

  43. CryptoHOT March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    More activity during the day – the more I move by day, the faster I fall asleep at night.

  44. BananaBladeOfDoom March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Rest your body and just be still. Ignore itches and urges to move.

  45. sanxui March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I listen to ambient music

  46. k-r-s-n-a March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Observing and focussing on my breath

  47. Swanke_ March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Turn the TV on, close your eyes, and then imagine it in your head whether you change completely how they look or not.

  48. TheFire_Eagle March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    When I was a kid I was away at camp and I couldn’t fall asleep. It was total shit. So I laid down and imagined that Dean Stockwell, as Al from Quantum Leap, was talking to me about my day in a black room.

    Years later, I still use the trick when I’m really restless at night.

  49. butisitok March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    The breathing tip to control stress that was on Queer Eye is great before bed:

    * Make a telephone (or surfer dude hand) with one hand
    * Hold one nostril closed with your thumb
    * Breathe deep
    * Bring your pinky up and plug your other nostril
    * Exhale
    * Repeat

    I feel myself getting less stressed each time I exhale. It’s perfect for me before sleep.

  50. [deleted] March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Reading post on reddit until my eyes get tired or watching youtube until I get tired.


  51. mrsuns10 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I put something on Hulu like Futurama and lay in my pillow and close my eyes. It works about most of the time and I will wake up a little but later to actually fall asleep

  52. 319qwerty March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I try to clear my mind. I like to do that by imagining I’m doing a motion with my hands as if I’m pulling a rope down from the ceiling (not sure why I thought of this, but it works pretty well) and just focus on that thought until eventually my brain will just be like “okay guess there’s nothing to stay awake for, g’night”. it’s the same principle as counting sheep, your mind isn’t running about whatever happened that day or anything, just staying in one place.

    that, and melatonin helps.

  53. T_Davis_Ferguson March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    [The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise](http://www.medicaldaily.com/life-hack-sleep-4-7-8-breathing-exercise-will-supposedly-put-you-sleep-just-60-332122).

    Or similarly, box breaths (inhale 5 sec, hold 5, exhale 5, hold 5; choose your own length of time).

    Progressive relaxation: starting at the feet, tighten and then relax your muscles, slowly moving all the way to your head. You can do more than pass, I like to go very gradual instead.

    Hypnosis. This is my favorite to use for sleep: [the 10 minute deep relaxation break](https://youtu.be/5oUl9QEQ48E)

    Take some melatonin (natural hormone your body produces to make itself tired) pills.

  54. graceless95 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I got a sleep mask. Blocking out the light helped so much, and I couldn’t just casually check my phone without physically removing the mask – which isn’t hard but is just enough of a deterrent if I’m comfy lol

  55. enormuschwanzstucker March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Count by 7’s. Just pick a random number and start counting.
    632, 639, 646, 653, 660, 667, 674, 681, zzzzzzz

    If it’s not working, count backwards. 681, 674, 677…

  56. MrsTurtlebones March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I watch a YouTube channel called Massage n More, which features an Indian barbershop in Mumbai. Apparently in India the barbers give massages too, and watching it is so relaxing that I’m out within 10 minutes usually. My favorite is when a barber named Khursheed massages a man named Shantanu, but almost all of the videos are very relaxing and I believe SFW.

    Here is a good example: https://youtu.be/PM_EdehX660

  57. Fpjourne March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I have a rule that, when I manage to keep it, makes me sleep much easier; no phones in bed. Even during the day. Programs your mind to associate bed with sleep.

  58. Slothfulness69 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I count to 100 over and over while consciously trying to relax my body. Counting is so boring, it usually puts me to sleep. Also, zzzquil helps if you really can’t sleep.

  59. ThisFinnishguy March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I search rainfall sound videos on YouTube and set it on my windowsill. It knocks me out faster than anything else.

  60. Punaholic March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Try to concentrate only on your breathing without thinking of anything else, just your breathing.

  61. Btsyd97 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Long term strategies:

    “Hypnotize” yourself. Only use the bed for sleeping (but who does that so the second best solution is something like sleep on your left side and be on the mobile on your right side. Once you feel sleepy go straight to sleep, don’t wait to finish the video or game.). Have a routine before you go to bed. Be as consistent as possible every night: sleeping position, pajamas, hair, socks/no socks, noise, temperature, darkness etc.

    Adding on to people telling stories to themselves, you want some consistency too rather than telling a different story every day. As the days go by you will fall asleep quicker and quicker. For example I would make up the same fanfiction in my head for a few years, variations of the same scene etc. I stopped when I started using the hypnotism technique but one day ruined that and went back to making up fanfiction. After 3 days of going back to the story telling technique I would fall asleep as soon as I got comfortable and thought “She opens the door.” But in imagery so it was even quicker than that.

  62. Naptaker1 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    5 mg of melatonin and 25 mg of benadryl or Tylenol pm helps. I also sometimes take 1 mg of Xanax when my anxiety gets bad and it makes me sleepy

  63. RikerOmega3 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Prep an hour before i usually feel sleepy

    Blackout curtains closed, white noise machine on, ice water glass on night stand, doors locked, alarm on, phone on charger…and then I chill on the couch until my eyes get heavy.

    When that happens, I turn off the tv, pee, and crawl in bed

    No phone, no getting up cus I forgot something

    Im tired so i go right to bed

  64. swisscriss March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I eat celery because I heard it helps, I also eat a little bit of lite salt and take a magnesium tablet. (Get the most bio available magnesium) I make banana tea out of banana skins. Buenos nochas tea is also sometimes effective but I find it wakes me up

  65. TacoFluffy4 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Don’t look at the clock until you wake up.

  66. GreatJanitor March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Masturbate, it relaxes you naturally.

    Close your eyes after and imagine something boring. Eventually you will find yourself losing control of your imaginations as you get closer to sleep

  67. Klash2000 March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    A filling dinner and a beer

  68. InspiredBlue March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I kinda daydream. I zone out and it somehow turns into an actual dream

  69. bobnojio March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Don’t ever read or Reddit or game in bed.

    The bed is for 3 things:



    And if the need strike you, vomiting uncontrollably and praying for a quick death.

    That way, the only reason you are in bed and stationary is to sleep. Train your brain!

  70. tha_402_kid March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Listening to creepypasta or something of the sort.

  71. Omniderpectional March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Stay awake until four AM and lay in bed for three seconds and set twenty alarms for ten’O clock. Boom.

  72. -ThatsSoDimitar- March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Whenever we are in bed and my wife asks me to massage her, I fall asleep about 30 seconds after starting. Not sure why.

  73. therealkimjong-un March 14, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    Go on a small run take a quick shower and go to bed, the mix of being tired and feeling clean and relaxed makes going to be a lot easier.Sorry if u were looking for something a little more convenient.

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