What are some ways (that aren't sleeping pills or drugs) to help me fall asleep faster? I need to start waking up at 5:30 for my new job, but I usually stay up until then, it's 2:30 am right now for me and I've been trying to sleep since 11:30.
Sleep in a dark, quiet room. Get off the computer at least an hour before bed. My rhythms are permafucked from being on swing shift for years, I used to drink habitually to set the mood for sleep, which is kinda pleasant, but is a totally bad habit.
If you aren't tired until after 5am, you need to look up delayed sleep phase disorder.
You really need to get off the phone a few hours before bedtime, but who are we kidding, right? Turn the brightness down all the way at night. Buy either a red led bulb for your room at night or yellow. Bright lights keep you awake. Google "blue light sleep". I changed a few bulbs in the living room to yellow cfl bulbs, and red led in the room. After 8-9pm I try to not expose myself to regular bright lights.
Also first thing when you wake up, expose yourself to bright light/sunlight. It will push back your circadian rhythm by 30 min to an hour (you will get tired a bit sooner that night)
tl:dr Bright light during the day. No bright light at night. Will not be a quick fix. I had trouble falling asleep before 7am for 2 years
>>590661848 Oh and if you expose yourself to bright light during the first half of sleep (falling asleep at 5/6am and then sunlight fills your room shortly after) it can make your situation worse. You want bright light either right when you wake up or just a bit before
>>590661286 Not OP but I'm ban evading to post this. That was a really great video, I'm going to refer all of my friends to this video that doubt meditation/relaxation exercises. I feel really great after having listened to it
>>590661848 >If you aren't tired until after 5am, you need to look up delayed sleep phase disorder. Not OP here but shit, that's me. Sometimes I'll pull a 24hr+ so that I can "reset" my schedule but it never sticks.
>>590657010 Valerian root is what I grew up using... I switched to Herb Pharm Relaxing Sleep blend... That stuff is pretty potent and totally works. I feel like it kind of helps quiet my mind when it's racing and help knock me out.
Honestly though, I recommend exercise, no caffeine after 4 pm, and eating better. This is the best way...
Lots of computer guys don't do anything physical all day but they're mentally exhausted from working on a computer. You gotta run your body out or you'll turn into an insomniac.
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