3 Tricks to Help You Fall Asleep Easier

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! 

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Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.