So you’ve had a good fright from an amazing horror film you just saw. You felt excited and the rush of emotions made you feel alive. But now that you’re about to go to sleep, you just can’t shake off the scary scenes. Whether you’re afraid or not, there’s a good chance that you’re not feeling sleepy at all.
So how do you sleep after getting a good scare? Here are a few tricks you might want to try:
Exercising will let you release endorphins and dopamines which will help you fight off the stress and anxiety that comes with being scared. They will help you calm down and even ease you into sleep.
Note, however, that you should exercise a few hours before bedtime if you want to get to sleep. Exercise can wake you up, too, so timing is important.
Watch or read something fluffy
After scaring yourself, you might want to take your mind off from the frightening scenes you’ve seen. One good way to do this is by consuming some fluffy media. Cute animation movies are highly recommended by many but you can always just watch comedies or romances if you want. The important thing to do is that you distract yourself from the fright that the horror film has brought you.
Realize that it’s just a work of fiction
Keep in mind that the scary movie (unless you saw a deeply unsettling documentary) is just a work of fiction. Whatever scared you there wouldn’t hurt you in real life. If you saw a documentary that scared the lights out of you, well, then, you can always go for the first two to take your mind off it.
These are just a few tricks that can help you calm down and ease yourself to sleep after watching a scary movie. Give them a try next time you see something that scared your socks off.