Staring at the clock. Grabbing your phone and idly scrolling through Instagram. Tossing and turning.
Weâ€™ve all been thereâ€¦and it sucks.Â
But over the past few months â€” including, frustratingly, on vacation â€” Iâ€™ve had a really hard time getting to sleep.
Basically, this. I get into bed and my mind starts racing.Â
Iâ€™d tried so so many things â€” from the natural like melatoninÂ or magnesiumÂ to just taking a freaking Klonopin and calling it a night â€” and they either didnâ€™t work at all or Iâ€™d wake up really groggy. I cut back on coffee past noonish.
I tried sleeping with my shades open, I tried sleeping with my shades shut. I put the temperature in my room up, I put the temperature in my room down.
Iâ€™ve enjoyed meditating on and off but, to be honest, havenâ€™t ever really stuck with it regularly.
A particularly wide-awake night a few weeks ago, I decided to give the HeadspaceÂ app another try, and itâ€™s completely changed my sleep.
They have an intro recording that discusses your relationship with sleep, and that we so often have a hard time falling asleep because itâ€™s the first time weâ€™ve stoppedÂ in our busy days. We also start comparing our wide-awake state to other times weâ€™ve had a hard time falling asleep, and itâ€™s a vicious cycle.
The actual meditation is great, too! It starts by asking you to play back your day in your head â€” from waking up to showering to commuting, etc. Even when Iâ€™m just trying to meditate and fall asleep on my own now, Iâ€™ve found this incredibly helpful. From there, you do a progressive muscle relaxation. I have TMJ and carry so much tension in my jaw, and I always feel some relief and release here, too.
And you? How do youÂ fall asleep when youâ€™re having trouble? Or do you have any specific bedtime rituals?