We've all been there - it's nearing midnight, you know you have to be up early, and you can't get your mind to stop racing. You're thinking about that person you need to email in the morning, where you're going to get lunch tomorrow, and that upcoming meeting that you're nervous about.
1. Get Out of Bed
Sounds counterproductive, right? I thought so too until I tried it, but believe it or not if you've been laying in bed for more than half an hour you should get up and do something. Whether it's to make a cup of tea or sit in another room, getting out of bed for a bit will help you fall asleep once you get back into bed.
2. Tense Up
First, focus on your feet, completely tense them up for a few seconds, and then release and let them rest. Move up to your calves, completely tense them for a few seconds, and release again. Continue this exercise up to your thighs, hips, stomach, hands, arms, face, and finally your entire body at once. After doing this, I promise you'll feel super warm and sleepy.
3. Listen to a Podcast
If neither of the top two options are helpful, listen to a podcast on your phone that's calming, interesting, and quiet. Don't forget to put a sleep timer on your phone, or you'll wake up in the middle of the night to some random podcast that was in the queue that you didn't know about.
I hope that you find these tips helpful - I know that I use them almost daily to help me get to sleep and they work like magic!