Sometimes I really struggle to fall asleep.  When I really can’t get to sleep, the problem gets worse.  I get cross with myself and worry about how I’m going to cope the next day with very little sleep.  I realised that lots of my readers might be interested in tips to fall asleep.  I also thought lots of you might have helpful tips about how to fall asleep, so I asked the question and got lots of really helpful answers.

I also hadn’t realised how many ways to get to sleep there were.  I thought that was kind of helpful as  everyone is different and different things work for different people. That’s where these 50 useful tips for how to get to sleep come in.  There is bound to be a tip or trick here that you haven’t tried before and might just help you get a better night’s sleep.  Some might just make you smile if you are reading this during a particularly bad sleepless night….

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50 Tips To Help You Get To Sleep

  1. No screens or electronic equipment at least an hour before bedtime.
  2. Use essential oils like lavender.
  3. No caffeine after 4pm.
  4. Take a relaxing bath before bed.
  5. Have a hot milky drink before bed.
  6. Get a set of ear plugs.
  7. Don’t have kids 🙂
  8. Read a book.
  9. Don’t go to bed too late.
  10. Don’t eat a big meal in the evening.
  11. Get into a good bedtime routine.
  12. Use relaxation music.
  13. Have a good quality bed and bedding.
  14. Keep the bedroom cool, keep the window slightly open.
  15. Listen to white noise.
  16. Use black out blinds and make the bedroom as dark as possible.
  17. Keep a notepad by the bed to write down things that might be bothering you.
  18. Spend sometime winding down before bed.
  19. Slow breathing techniques for relaxation.
  20. A cup of chamomile tea before bed.
  21. Get the OH to sleep on the sofa.
  22. Avoid alcohol.
  23. Lovely fresh clean bedding.
  24. A mug of hot cocoa.
  25. Have dim lighting an hour before bed.
  26. Go to bed when you feel tired.
  27. Don’t take mobile phones/tablets/gadgets into the bedroom.
  28. Don’t eat too much sugar in the day.
  29. Declutter the bedroom.
  30. Wear comfy night wear.
  31. Don’t drink too much during the evening to avoid night time trips to the loo.
  32. Don’t nap in the day.
  33. Get up at a regular time.
  34. Take a glass of water to bed.
  35. Try meditation techniques.
  36. Avoid a guilty conscience.
  37. Don’t look at the time if you wake up.
  38. Invest in good pillows.
  39. Take regular exercise to wear yourself out.
  40. Focus on happy thoughts.
  41. Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket in the colder months.
  42. Use an eye mask.
  43. Lay on the edge of the bed, you’ll soon drop off 😉
  44. Listen to white noise.
  45. Have a nice cup of tea.
  46. Make sure the bed is made before you get in it.
  47. Co-sleep if you have little ones.
  48. Count backwards from 500.
  49. Don’t watch scary movies in the evening.
  50. Go to sleep before the husband starts snoring!

If you have any more ways to get to sleep, please add them to the comments below.  Struggling with how to get to sleep can be really frustrating and draining if it goes on for a long time.  Making small changes to your daily habits just before bed can make a huge difference and I really hope you are getting the sleep you need soon.

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  1. This is really interesting, I often struggle with getting to sleep – no matter how tired i am so I am going to try the ones I haven’t tried yet!

  2. Some great tips. I’ve been trying to do the no screen before bed, but I’m too addicted to my phone! I’ve tried to do it every night with Osian, which means he misses in the night garden 🙁 xx

  3. I like these. Sleep is an issue in our house. I think Number 7 is the root of all the problems 😉 and possibly the coffee I just had (7pm) won’t help either! x

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