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Fight Insomnia Naturally


Tips and Techniques

  • Check that mattress. Flipping your mattress over can make a huge difference. Your tossing and turning could be related to discomfort. If your mattress is quite old and flipping doesn’t help, you might look into a replacement.
  • Don’t just lie there. If you’ve been staring at the ceiling for some time and it’s clear you’re not going to fall asleep, get out of bed. Find a comfortable chair where you can knit, read, or do any other relaxing activity until you’re ready to crawl back into bed again.
  • Breathe. Whether you’ve woken in the night or just gotten into bed, focusing on taking long, deep breaths can help you quiet your mind and drift into dreamland.
  • Don’t look at the clock. When you’re lying awake in bed, it’s normal to want to roll over and see how long before the alarm goes off. Don’t do it! Sleep math like this will just increase your anxiety and make it harder to snooze. Keep a napkin or washcloth by the bed and cover that clock if you have to.
  • Relax. If deep breaths aren’t doing the trick, you might try a more elaborate relaxation technique. Roll onto your back with your arms by your sides, and envision a slow wave of relaxation starting at your toes and moving up your body all the way to your face and the top of your head. Take time to feel each part of your body release any tension. More often than not, you’ll nod off in the process!

If none of these are helping and insomnia is really disrupting your daily life, you might want to talk to your doctor.

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Asleep. Creative Commons photo by mattwright
Clock. Creative Commons photo by revilla

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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6:40AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Thank you - one or two I hadn't come across before. Not looking at the clock really helps as it stops you getting martyred about it!

12:10PM PDT on Sep 25, 2013

Nice tips thanks.

7:52AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Please check out Escape To Sleep's FB page for more tips. Escape To Sleep is based in organic aloe vera water and it is infused with natural, time tested herbs used for insomnia, anxiety and nervousness. Wishing you sound sleep, Sleep Well, Live Longer!

10:05AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

tks for the cool tips!

1:00PM PST on Nov 17, 2010

Knitting before bed is one of my favorite things to do. It's uber relaxing and gives you such a wonderful sense of accomplishment to go to bed with[:

11:42AM PDT on Sep 25, 2010

Heard all of this before. Might work for some people.

11:13AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

Visualizing yourself in a peaceful place in the open nature helps a lot but I'll try the tips.

7:06PM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

Dave Broscombe, "nite" and "lite"are incorrect on either side of the Atlantic. Some Americans have become used to seeing these words misspelled in advertisements and product names, but they are missspelled none the less, even if only for effect. Personally, I appreciate people like Virginia B., who can clearly point out the correct usage. I can usually spot a mistake, but I'll be darned if I can tell you why it's wrong.

Merious O., I feel your pain, or should I say, your fatigue.

6:54PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

I have used several of these tips over the years. If none of these things work, I try taking some melatonin. That often helps tremendously, and it is a natural substance in the body.

2:44PM PDT on Sep 17, 2010

Thanks for the tips

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