Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


5 Tips to Deal with Insomnia

July 5th, 2016

Episode 304 of 372 episodes

Recently I had a bad night of tossing and turning. I was up for a few hours, then overslept the next morning. And while I was lying there, unable to sleep, I knew I was violating some of the beat-the-insomnia advice that experts give. Though, true, to give myself credit, I was following some advice. These tips were on my mind, because I’d just read Andrea Petersen’s Wall Street Journal piece “Middle-of-the-Night Insomnia Blues.” I violated one of the most basic back-to-sleep tips — the tip to get up, rather than toss and turn. If you have trouble with insomnia, here are some of the tips from the article: 1. If you’re wide awake, get up. I just kept lying there thinking, “I should get up.” Somehow, I couldn’t muster the energy to get up. I would’ve been a little cold, when I got out from under the covers, and I didn’t feel like reading my book…so I just stayed put. Bad idea. 2. I love this tip: If you watch TV, wear sunglasses. Hilarious! It helps to block the light that will mess up your circadian rhythm. I couldn’t watch TV during my insomnia because (this is embarrassing to admit) my family and I were staying ... The post 5 Tips to Deal with Insomnia appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.