Every night, no matter what time I get into bed, no matter how tired I am, I can't get to sleep. For example I'll get into bed at like 11:00 and then won't end up getting to sleep until around 2:00 or 2:30 in the morning. I have tried reading, counting sheep, relaxing, clearing my mind...all the stuff people have told me to do. I just need help on getting to sleep earlier or ideas on how to clear my mind. Anything will help!
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first of all, not thinking "am i sleeping now? and now? and now? and now?" helps. just thinking about nothing.
concentrating on breathing slowly.
getting up earlier. if you get up late because you fell asleep late, it becomes a cycle. you will sleep even later, and then wake up later, then sleep later... but if after a while of waking up earlier doesn't work, stopping that would probably be better because then you will get super tired (and still wont be sleeping).
this is all i can think of for now.
maybe also making sure there is no noise and it is dark (i heard somewhere that when it is dark, you produce a sleeping "hormone" or something like that, i'm not quite sure about what it was though)
you might want to make sure there isn't a medical reason for your not being able to fall asleep reasonably quickly. If it really gets bad, I suggest getting some blood work done and talking to a doctor. Imbalances in hormones or nutritional problems could be messing up your ability to sleep easily. For me, being anemic took it's toll on my sleep until I found out about it and started taking supplements.
I don't mean to scare you, but I just want to alert you to the fact there may be a very simple medical reason you can't sleep well. "it happened to me" ;]. Good luck.
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