When you’ve counted all the sheep: How to tackle insomnia

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Do you dread bedtime like we do? Do you toss and turn for hours and pray you get some shut eye before the sun rises again? You’re not alone. Who knew getting a good night’s sleep could feel as impossible as finding your other half. Whether it’s stress from work and family, changing hormones and body composition, or our addiction to screens, sleep challenges or insomnia come in many shapes and colors.  But don’t you worry – we’ve got the top remedies that will help you sleep like a baby!

Don’t have time? Easy fixes for Insomnia

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Sleep headphones: Comfortably worn while sleeping, sleep headphones can play relaxing noises to promote restful sleep, such as white noise or guided meditations.

  • Best value: Perytong’s sleep headphones ($19.99) are wirelessly built into a headband so they can effectively block out sound, without pressing into the ears.
  • Best style: Ankor’s soundcore earbuds ($129.99) tuck into your ears nicely (for our side sleepers) and offer unlimited sleep sounds, plus alarms. 
  • Most niche: This multi-functional sleepmask from QYCHHJ ($28.97) contains white noise and a cold pack, so your eyes can get a nice rest too. 

Sleep mask: Even if you can’t regulate the lighting in your bedroom, a sleep mask can help you filter out light and create a dark resting environment.

Mavogel's cotton sleep mask
  • Best value: Mavogel’s cotton sleep mask ($7.98) is a fan favorite because it’s soft and does its job. Plus, there is a nose clasp so it clings effortlessly to your face.
IcooBreeze silk mask
  • Best style: If you like silk, iCooBreeze has a 100% natural silk mask ($16.99) in four colors, with a gentle adjustable band. 
Manta's sleep mask
  • Highest rated: Manta’s sleep mask ($35.00) has special eye cup molds for the complete blackout experience while protecting eye pressure.

Melatonin supplement: Taking a melatonin supplement, a natural hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles, may be helpful in resetting your sleep schedule.

Caryle Melatonin tablets
Natrol Kids meltonin gummies
Twinings Sleep+

Blue light blocking glasses: Blue light from electronic gadgets can interfere with the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Using blue light-blocking glasses before bed can help reduce this effect.

Gaoye's blue light blocking glasses
VizoBlueX's anti blue filter
  • Best alternative: Instead of wearing glasses, you can opt for VizoBlueX’s anti blue filter for computer monitors ($49.99) and block the light from hitting your eyes. 
Klim's blue light clip ons
  • Best clip-on: If you already wear glasses, you can attach Klim’s blue light clip ons ($24.99) when you’re browsing TikToks after dark.

Don’t mind the hard stuff? Helpful routines for insomnia

Helpful routines
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  • Adopt a regular sleep schedule: To help control your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, especially on the weekends.
  • Establish a peaceful bedtime routine: To help you relax and tell your body it’s time to sleep, take a warm bath, read a book, meditate, or do some light yoga.
  • Reduce screen time before bed: Blue light from electronics can interfere with your body’s normal sleep-wake cycle, so try to avoid using screens for at least an hour before going to sleep.
  • Exercise regularly: Frequent exercise can enhance your sleep quality, but you should try to avoid exercising too soon before bed because it might have a stimulating effect.

The why behind it

the why
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The American Sleep Association lists a variety of causes for why people could have problems falling asleep. Anxiety, stress, depression, some medications, poor sleep habits, and underlying medical issues are a few of the major reasons for insomnia. Technology and electronic device use before bed can also interfere with the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, making it more difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. To encourage better sleep, it is advised to stop using electronics at least an hour before bed and to create a calm evening routine.

So there you go, everyone. a few pointers for reducing your sleeplessness. Wow, this is truly ground-breaking work. Who would have guessed that putting your phone away before bed or engaging in mindfulness exercises would actually improve your ability to sleep? We kid, we kid. But hey, if you’re still having trouble sleeping, try these suggestions. Who knows, they might end up working for you. Or perhaps you’ll just spend another hour scrolling through TikTok. If you’re reading this at 3am, you’re suddenly feeling very sleepy. Very sleeeppppyyyy… Go to sleep.

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