9 Things You Should Do When You Can’t Sleep

By Alyse Borkan  |  Jan 1, 2016
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It’s the middle of the night and you’re wide awake. You’ve googled “how to fall asleep” countless times, but unlike you, the internet hasn’t tried counting sheep until the sun rises. No, you’re not going to put away your cell phone. How will you entertain yourself? Instead of lighting the lavender candle you likely don’t have, try our 10 things to do when you can’t seem to drift off to dreamland:

Turn on the TV and watch C-SPAN

It makes us fall asleep in the middle of the day, so why not at night? If you’re looking for something less political, try some classic episodes of  “The Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross on Hulu.

Eat a late night snack

Instead of laying in bed thinking about what you should have had for dessert, go grab the classic milk and cookies from the kitchen. Pro tip: don’t go to bed on an empty stomach. You’ll dreams will be full of regret.

Watch movie trailers

30 seconds of this, a minute and a half of that. It’s easy to hit stop when you’re ready for bed. No need to worry about having to pause in the middle of a blanket-gripping episode. Plus, they’re free to watch online. No Netflix password? No problem.

“Work out”

Clench a set of your muscles (your calves, quads or biceps) for a few seconds and then unclench them. Do this one-by-one over your entire body. You’ll have knocked yourself out in no time. And if not, you can just benchpress your pillow.

Read all of Apple’s terms and conditions on your iPhone

No matter how many nights in a row you try, we bet you’ll never get passed the “REQUIREMENTS FOR USE OF THE SERVICES” section.

Spin your wheels

Imagine the spokes of a bicycle reaching a fast pace, slowing down, and speeding up again and again and again. (Even if it’s the bike from your morning SoulCycle class.)

Read a book… backwards

Grab any book you own, but instead start from the very last word on the last page and read backwards.

Try to name every single person from your grade school graduating class

Jillian Coleman. Gabriel Moises. Marzena James. Frank Novick…Diane…Lo…

Force yourself to stay awake 

If all else fails, just do anything you can to stay up. When you finally feel your eyes flutter shut, you’ll get enough sleep to make up for the hours you had to spend entertaining yourself.

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