If counting sheep cannot help you, you can try other methods to beat insomnia.
1. Sleep restriction
Sleep restriction actually works and is used as a form of therapy for those with severe sleep troubles, although it might seem like a joke when trying to cure insomnia.
The technique is designed to eliminate your waking hours in bed. You should only be in bed for two hours if you can only sleep for two hours a night.
Over time, sleep deprivation can lead to better and healthier sleep cycles.
2. Go to a sleep concert
Sleeping concerts, originated in Japan, help the audience fall asleep. It couldn’t be easier for you to catch some Z’s because the concert halls are equipped with comfortable seats. Generally, you can buy the sleep concert experience on CD if you don’t want to go to Japan.
3. Eat sugary foods
Avoid drinking coffee.
Drink a biscuit with a glass of milk, or honey stirred into warm water before you go to bed to help you fall asleep with ease.
4. Drink cherry juice
Drinking tart cherry juice raises your body’s melatonin levels, improving your sleeping cycle.
ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) causes the pleasurable tingling sensation that some people get when they hear certain sounds, and helps you relax enough to fall asleep.
6. Polyphasic sleep
We don’t need to sleep all night. It is normal to get up every few hours, between naps and episodes of deeper sleep. If you have difficulty sleeping, you can break up sleep into 2-3 hour chunks and, in between, getting on with daily tasks.
Acupuncture is a great way to beat insomnia because it can increase melatonin levels. And, acupuncture is a relaxing experience.
8. Paradoxical intention
When you try to stay awake as a way of falling asleep, paradoxical intention occurs. When you have insomnia, you can focus on staying awake and you could be relaxed enough to fall asleep.
9. Put a small weight on your body
There is a rumor: if you put a small amount of weight such as a small rock or a heavy cushion on your body, it will encourage your body to increase your brain’s production of serotonin and then make you feel sleepy. However, don’t over do this, since putting too much weight on your body could make you uncomfortable.
10. Rub dormouse fat into your feet
In 1621, Robert Burton said: rubbing dormouse fat into one’s feet cures insomnia. Until now, no one had tried it.