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Any 🐠 have trouble sleeping? What do you do to help you get to sleep and stay asleep?

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Honestly, as a person who has undergone sleep apnea and depression (makes sleeping "on demand" a surprisingly difficult activity) what helped me most wasn't any pill or anything. A lot of my issue with falling asleep was that I could NOT turn my brain off at all, so my mind would be racing and not letting me sleep.

Melatonin, at least for me, gave me a heavier sleep with less waking up but didn't actually help me fall asleep. It also gave me excruciatingly vivid nightmares at times but idk if that was a just me thing. I also used to drink and smoke heavily, which had the exact opposite effect. I could fall asleep quickly, but I didn't sleep particularly well. Admittedly I combined the two often with some success, but that isn't a long term nor suggested fix.

I found meditation to be something I just couldn't do. I couldn't focus my mind on anything other than the stress of the day, or the worry of tomorrow, or something not related at all to the breathing I was supposed to be focused on which all of a sudden became rather close to hyperventilating. Then I got frustrated I couldn't do it and yeah, didn't work for me. Maybe for others, not for me.

What helped the most was I started working out like an absolute animal. Like two hours before bed I would work out as hard for about a half an hour. If I had access to gym equipment, great, if not, I'd do push ups, squats, wall sits, crunches, mountain climbers, everything and anything to just absolutely exhaust myself. By the time I got showered and into bed I was really tired, I slept like the dead, and I got healthier too. (I also started playing sounds from an app(s) called Sleep Sounds and Sleepo before bed). I lost like 50 ish pounds in a few months doing that. It also made me want to eat better, make better choices, etc. When you eat good you feel good. Maybe that extends to sleep as well, I honestly don't know. Try and be healthier in other areas of your life and it will carry over I think.

Good luck! (side note, I'm awake now because I decided that coffee to stay awake while driving was a good idea, it wasn't)

Tldr; pick things up, put them down. Eat more green things. Listen to nature. Don't combine alcoholism and sleeping pills. Meditating frustrated me. Sleep tight. No sheep.




Meditate. Pay attention to your breathing. Feel it


Meditation. Related things: breathing exercises, stretching, simple thought exercises (i.e. listening to late baroque, string quartets and separating polyphonic phrases into 1st/2nd violin. Counting sheep. Etc), heart rate manipulation (spreading your breathing across x beats and counting fewer beats as your heart rate slows).




I get some OTC sleeping pill (doxylamine), grind it into a powder with the butt of a knife, suspend it in 1 ml of water, load it into a needleless syringe, and shoot it up my butt.

Knocks me out in 15 minutes and greatly reduced sleeping pill hangover the next day


Heavy lifting and deep breathing




Restful Sleep natural supplement blend from Whole Foods + sleepy tea + meditation


I second meditation and melatonin.

Also consult a doctor with some specialization in sleep. Often not staying asleep can be a physical issue, for instance with breathing.

Similarly, trouble falling asleep is something you may want to discuss with a therapist. I had onset insomnia for a while that was a manifestation of my depression.

Finally, I find listening to the BBC shipping forecast really helpful when I'm having trouble settling down enough to sleep.

Read a book the last 30min before going to bed. It not only conditions your mind to unwind, but it also unplugs you from all the triggers not letting you sleep (e-mails, social media, etc.)

I had issues with insomnia and recently started the Audible trial and with the sleep timer, it automatically turns off after some time. It’s been a great way to get back into reading and fall asleep easily


I have a nighttime ritual. There is an order to everything and that helps me sleep. If I do it out of order I can’t sleep.

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