It’s all about routine!
There are lifetime insomniacs out there, I get it, but there are different ways to rid the insomnia and I’ve come up with a list of ways to lull yourself into the dream world. Will this work for everyone? Obviously not, but one little thing could possibly change your sleeping pattern for the better.
Number 1: Get yourself an app that plays a variety of sounds.
I’m not going to name any apps because obviously I don’t get paid for it (LOL), but the sounds I’m talking about can go from small streams of water, to blizzard windstorms, fire crackling, thunderstorms, city rain, light snow, chimes, sounds of the jungle, etc. If you want to know the app I’m talking about, please shoot a comment below!
Number 2: Meditation!
I will absolutely recommend the app on this one and it’s by Glen Harold (Meditation). Some are free, which is great, and some you may have to pay 2.99$ for it, but it’s absolutely worth the price. Some are very very effective such as the Chakra meditation and Lucid Dream. I recall actually going into a very deep state of hypnosis during my massage while listening to the Chakra. Afterward, I had this overwhelming sense of calmness come over me and five minutes later it loopholed into pure joy. That had to be the deepest I’ve ever gone.
Number 3: Reading.
Yeah, perhaps a bit old fashioned as most individuals can read a book during the day and fall asleep, but not only does this work, but it’s beneficial.
Scientific studies have said that you’re more prone to remember something an hour before you go to sleep compared to the rest of the day by 6 TIMES! Has anyone ever been that person who watched a scary movie….let’s say “Freddy Kruger,” and he just so happened to be haunting the hell out of you in the dream? Exactly. Another example, watch a video on YouTube. Hmmm….watch a video flying a First-Class suite on Singapore Airlines to your ultimate destination. Right before you go to sleep….
Number 4: Herbalife Sleep Now
Obviously there are a number of different things out there that you can use in supplement form, but I’ve actually seen the best results with Herbalife’s Sleep Now. Melatonin, which helps control your sleep and wake cycles, is the main ingredient. You also have a variety of extracts from flowers, cinnamon bark, and Amla Extract, which has resounding health benefits just like echinacea (http://superfoodprofiles.com/health-benefits-of-amla).
The Ultimate Accessory: Bluetooth Soundlink
Have this playing somewhere in your room and control it by phone. Set the sounds and put your meditation app on before putting your phone on a charger outside your room (no during-the-night-distractions). I can tell you right now that the ultimate sleep killer is looking at your phone.
Tim Ferris also has a couple of things that help him.
“Honey + Apple Cider Vinegar or Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea or California Poppy Extract
Honey + ACV: My go-to tranquilizer beverage is simple: 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg brand) and 1 tablespoon honey, stirred into 1 cup of hot water. This was taught to me by the late and great Seth Roberts, PhD. Some of his readers also noticed large and immediate strength improvements in exercise after a few days of using this pre-bed cocktail.
Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime Tea: If you’re trying to avoid sugar (honey), this is an alternative.
“Visual overwriting” is what I do right before bed to crowd out anything replaying or looping in my mind that will inhibit sleep (e.g., email, to-do lists, an argument, “I should have said . . .”
Hopefully one of these will help you on your journey to getting better sleep.