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13 Tricks To Fall Asleep Faster That People Actually Swear By

Catch some Z's with ease.

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Well, fear not! I bring you good tidings of great sleep! Some Redditors, Nifty followers, and I are here to share our favorite tips and tricks that might help you fall asleep a lil' faster.

Sweet dreams!

1. Write down a to-do list right before you go to bed.


A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that people fell asleep faster after writing a very specific to-do list for five minutes at bedtime. The study explains that you're likely to run through and worry about incomplete future tasks in bed, delaying sleep. But when you write down a comprehensive to-do list, you're winding down and emptying your mind.

2. Close your eyes and imagine yourself doing something you're good at in great detail.


"I read this in a men's health magazine: A major league pitching coach instructed a pitcher who couldn't sleep to picture himself throwing 10 perfect pitches. Every little detail. From prep, to wind-up, to delivery, to reset. For me, it's been a few things: golf swing, programming, making a great sales call (I work in sales). It doesn't matter. Picturing something you're good at — something that's second nature to you — is relaxing, reassuring, and you'll be asleep in no time." —burge4150


3. Download Shhh... Sleep in Seconds, an app that plays binaural beats, which is basically white noise with a frequency that syncs with your brainwaves to lull you to sleep.

"An app called 'Shhh' has frequencies that help you fall asleep faster. I've fallen asleep within about 5–10 minutes tops." —Julia Katz, Facebook

Download it for Apple here and Google Play here (and check out the reviews — insomniacs swear by it).

6. Stop using electronics a half hour (or more) before bed.

Studies show that the amount of electric light you take in from your various devices inhibits your body from producing melatonin, the hormone that helps you drift off to sleep. So, I try to stop using technology at least 30 minutes before my head hits the pillow. I also use Night Shift on my phone and f.lux on my laptop — both shift the display to warmer colors, which is easier on your eyes before sleep.


7. Don't do anything in bed that isn't sleep.


If you do work, homework, or anything non–sleep related in bed (OK, besides sex), your brain will associate that space with those stressful activities, preventing you from unwinding as you try to fall asleep. Making my bed a technology- and work-free zone has worked wonders for my restless mind at night.

9. Eat a few pieces of Good Day Chocolate, which give you 1 milligram of melatonin each, plus chamomile to help you get a restful sleep (oh, and they're tasty, too).

"Good Day Chocolate Sleep!!! Only thing that turns my brain off!!" —Tim Herbert, Facebook

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $16.69.


11. Make some banana peel tea, which is said to be packed with magnesium that helps you relax into a deep sleep.

Tim Gray / Getty Images

"Take an organic banana peel, put it in a pot of water, boil for 10 minutes, drain the tea into a mug, and add cinnamon. Drink it one hour before bedtime." —Brad Diamond, Facebook

Get the recipe here.

12. Take a hot shower or bath (about 90 minutes before bed) with Twilight from Lush, which is made with sleepy oils like lavender and Ylang Ylang.

"Lush Twilight bath bomb, hot bath, Lush Twilight spray on the pillows, Lush Sleepy cream on the body, a good book, a relaxing tea, and good night!" —Katerina Pelzmann, Facebook

Get the Twilight line from Lush here, and the Sleepy body lotion here.

13. And try the four-seven-eight method: Inhale for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, then exhale for eight seconds.


"Repeat four to five times. You lie there thinking it doesn’t work, then you wake up and it's the next day." —Kathy Clark Patti, Facebook

Some submissions have been edited lightly for length/clarity.