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    16 Things To Try When You Can't Sleep

    Simple sleep tips that can be very effective.

    This advice is for entertainment purposes and should not replace your doctor's advice. If you have serious sleep issues, please consult a doctor.

    1. Make a to-do list.

    2. Start (or finish) a book.

    3. Listen to a book.

    4. Have a cup of chamomile or verbena tea.

    5. Cook.

    6. Masturbate.

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    Don't look at me like that, masturbating really helps people fall asleep. Try it, you'll see.

    7. Listen to relaxing music or sounds.

    8. Draw.

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    No need to be a great artist, but maybe this is the time to develop your artistic skills and clear your mind.

    9. Listen to a podcast.

    10. Start dreaming.

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    Yes, normally you dream while you're asleep. But closing your eyes and imagining a scene in your head can lead you straight into a sweet dream.

    11. Write.

    12. Pick out your clothes for the next day.

    13. Organize.

    14. Change your position.


    It sounds obvious, but sometimes all you need to do is change your position to fall asleep. On your back, on your side, or on your stomach... pick the position that makes you the most comfortable.

    15. Wash the dishes that are lying around.

    16. Meditate.


    Why not take ten minutes to relax and unwind through meditation? That's the minimum time you'll need to begin to reap the benefits.

    And finally, even if it's tempting, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT look at a backlit screen.

    Yes, I know it's hard, but wait until tomorrow to watch the end of House of Cards.