Sleep is an elusive character for many. There’s no doubt that no matter how we invite it into our homes, there are times that it just won’t show up. Sure, the weather has been forgiving lately, with all the rains and lower temperatures we’ve been experiencing, making our beds a lot more attractive, but it doesn’t mean that dozing off comes instantly.
This is why a lot of people take it upon themselves to find ways to fall asleep easier. There are tons of tried and tested ways that can induce sleepiness, including reading, listening to soft music, taking a bath before bed, or counting sheep, but these may not necessarily work for everyone. This is why some look for more unique ways to start catching some zzz’s.
Weird tricks may sound outrageous, but upon trying it out, you’ll surely find something that work wonders. For those who are trying hard to fall asleep faster at night, here are a few unusual techniques (from actual people) that can help you doze off faster:
Tissue Paper Sleep
One of the weirder finds we have for this list is this dad’s use of a tissue paper to lull his little one to sleep. With the repeated movement of the tissue stroking the baby’s face, the baby is relaxed and was able to fall asleep faster. It may sound weird at first, but it’s no different from light touching the baby’s face and nose, allowing the baby to calm down and doze off.
Thinking of an Important Meeting
Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, dishes out her odd technique in falling asleep faster in this Greatist article. What works for her is thinking that she needs to get up for an important meeting in five minutes – complete with visualizations of what she needs to do to prepare for a big appointment. It works for her because after getting worked up, she’s just thankful to be back in the comforts of her bed and ready to fall asleep.
Complicated Math Problems
In the same Greatist article, another weird trick is shared by Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Michael Breus. What helps him conk out at night is counting from 300 by threes. This complicated activity helps him think of nothing else and bore him enough to nod off in a jiffy.
Form a Habit
What not a lot of people realize is that sleep can come on cue if you know how to find that specific trigger. If you have no clue or patience to discover what can cause you to doze off automatically, you can also form a habit that will eventually signal your body that it’s time for bed. Bed time routines like laying out clothes for the next day, brushing your hair before laying down, fiddling with an item while already in bed, or listening to one song on repeat are just some of the things you can try to help you fall asleep faster. Just make sure that the activity you plan to try is relaxing, so you won’t have an opposite effect to your sleepiness.Sing a LullabyApparently, singing a lullaby is not only for kids, as it can also help adults fall asleep faster. According to some experts, singing can help soothe and relax your nerves, allowing you to doze off in a flash. Singing also helps relieve stress, so if it’s stress that’s causing you to stay up late, then this trick is worth trying. Just remember not to do it too loud, especially if other people near you are trying to catch some zzz’s as well.
Falling asleep shouldn’t feel like a huge burden, especially since worrying about it makes it even more difficult to fall asleep. If you have other effective, albeit weird tricks that help you doze off immediately, share it to us in the comments below or reach us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’d love to hear more weird tricks for falling asleep, so send us your stories today!