One Thing I Did as an Insomniac Teenager to Sleep Better

5 minutes: that’s how long I need to fall asleep every night.

Alix A.
In Fitness And In Health


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I’ve been sleeping well since I was 12 or 13. When I say well, I mean that I fall asleep in less than 10 minutes and I don’t wake up until the next morning, with rare exceptions.

I know you’ve already read a lot of articles about how to improve your sleep. You’ve probably read about going to bed at regular times, creating a calming atmosphere, not eating 3 hours before bedtime, or banning phones and screens from the bedroom.

This is not bad advice. But it won’t help you sleep if you can’t fall asleep.

When I was 12, I started thinking way too much. It was “fine” during the day, but once in my bed, it was a nightmare. My brain would spin for hours, replaying episodes that happened in college during the day. I would toss and turn for 1 to 3 hours each night before I finally managed to fall asleep.

One day, I got tired of it (so to speak).

It worked overnight

Self-observation is a powerful tool in life. It should not be used too much, otherwise we watch ourselves live more than we actually live, but it can sometimes work wonders.