Pamper yourself, work out, switch your position, and more.
We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what helps them get actually restful sleep. Here’s what they had to say:
1. Do today what you could get done tomorrow.
“I lay out my clothes and think about what I’ll make for breakfast the night before, plus do something from my to-do list for the next day. Having one thing less to care about in the morning helps.” —Oceansoul
2. Switch up your sleeping position.
“The only way I can beat insomnia is if I flip my pillow to the other side of the bed (toes where my head was, head where my toes were). I could be restless for hours, but as soon as I switch, I’m out within minutes!” —kameronn
3. Treat yourself to a ritual.
“Decide each night at a certain time to do things you know help you relax. Run a bath, drink some tea, lay in bed with a nice book, or a combination — whatever works for you. It’s a good way to tell your body, ‘It’s time to rest now.’” —abigailb408ca6edb
4. Write your thoughts down.
“My teacher gave us the advice to write all our thoughts down when we can’t sleep because we are excited or worried. Then you can go to the land of dreams, and work on your problems the next day.” —danainga
5. Do something nice for your skin.
“Cleansing and moisturizing my face really helps! When I bother to do it… ZzZz.” —andreaw4273a7e12
6. Keep clean.
“Sleep in a clean room! I always sleep better when there’s less clutter and mess around me.” —Gmiller426
7. Quit yer nappin’.
8. Skip the sleeping in.
“No caffeine after 8 p.m., and wake up early! For years I thought I had sleeping problems, but I was just laying in too late in the mornings.” —kateylou
9. Try a new breathing technique.
“Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth near your teeth and leave it there. Breathe in through your nose for three seconds, hold it in for five, then breathe out through your mouth for seven more seconds, holding your tongue still. It seems like a long time, but after the first few it becomes easier. Repeat five to 10 times.” —lizzyg4d9908ae9
10. Make. Your. Damn. Bed.
“For me, a good night’s rest starts by making my bed as soon as I get up in the morning. Once it’s made, I don’t get back in unless I want to make it again (and I don’t). When you slide into a well-made, comfortable bed, your body knows it’s time to shut down.” —wiXardjBird
11. Curate your own perfect place.
“I imagine I’m walking into my dream room. I think about how big it is, the furniture, the colors, etc. I go into every detail, including what is in the drawers.” — emileekathleenr
12. Make your bed a sacred space.
“Keep your bed for strictly sleep (okay, and maybe sexy time). When you watch Netflix or TV in bed, or do other activities there, your body doesn’t think ‘bed = sleep.’ Do all other activities elsewhere, your body will relearn, and you’ll be able to fall asleep so much easier!” —sophiav2
13. Get physical…
“Work out about an hour before you have to go to bed. The hormones released will relax you after a stressful day, and the physical activity will exhaust you. Then take a shower with luxurious soap and lotion, and it will feel like a treat.” —Naila Warren, Facebook
14. …or just imagine getting physical.
“I imagine that I’m running. I visualize everything in front of me, what I’m wearing, where I’m going, how far I’m running, etc. I also think about the smell, the temperature, and if there’s anyone around me.” —emileekathleenr
15. Use a word game.
“Try finding five things for every letter of the alphabet. It stops you from thinking about stressful stuff, and is boring enough to make you even more tired.” — Magdalena Pietrzak, Facebook
16. Chill with some imaginary animals.
“I think of approaching some of my favorite animals, like manatees, beluga whales, giraffes, and zebras, in their natural habitat. I slowly work my way around the world, going to visit wherever I feel like.” —TinaRuthBelcher
“I make a concerted effort to stop using my phone at least a half hour before I fall asleep, even with a blue light filter on. Instead, I read for that half hour. It’s improved my ability to fall asleep so much!” —Amy Yacullo, Facebook
18. …and definitely clock out.
“Don’t keep a clock in your room! Your brain tries to do math when it looks at numbers, so when you’re a little bit awake and look at the clock, your brain wakes up trying to figure out how much longer you have to sleep, which is obviously not great. If your phone is your alarm, set it, put it under something so the light doesn’t bother you, and don’t check it again.” —Bonnie Cleveland Evans, Facebook
19. Calm yourself with scent.
“A warm bath with lavender oil and a glass of wine, then spraying a lavender linen spray onto my pillow and blankets works every time.” —katelynm43b54fd4c
20. Read, but keep it simple…
21. …or be your own storyteller.
“On nights when my anxiety is strong, I start telling myself a little story. Even just trying to remember your day from the very beginning can help.” —Sunshine Then, Facebook
22. Get lulled to sleep by your playlist…
“I have a sleep playlist that I listen to every night filled with slow, calming songs that lull me to sleep. Plus, listening to the same songs every night helps to create a nice routine.” —sydneys4a4c089c2
23. …or simply by playing a song in your head.
“Something like Bob Marley usually works. I imagine the music and singing as accurately as I can. Most of the time I get so tired, I don’t even get to the end of the song!” —AimesNames
24. Keep it cool.
“Making myself cold before sleeping really helps me to relax and keep comfortable when I inevitably warm up. I make my bedroom as cold as possible, take a cold shower, get into bed freezing cold, and wrap myself in a fluffy blanket.” —Diana Tang, Facebook
25. Use your body to relax itself.
“My dad always told me that when I was having trouble sleeping, I should tell each individual body part from my toes to my head to go to sleep five times. By the time I get to my hair, I’m passed out and I don’t even remember where I left off the next morning.” —jessieraex
26. (In the same vein, masturbate.)
“Set the mood, start off slow, and take your time. It’ll exert a lot more energy than you’d think, and you’ll sleep like a baby after you cross the finish line.” —jaed3
27. And above all, stay consistent.
“I’ve trained myself to zone out at 11:30 p.m. at the latest, and on weekends I usually get up at 7 a.m. I’ve never slept better.” —Vic Odine, Facebook
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.