6 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep Deprived Tobacco Farmer

Passed Out Tobacco Farmer (Probably from Vigorous Exercise)

Sleeping is difficult for some, but not for me. I’ve discovered 6 proven techniques that can help almost anyone sleep at will.

Sleep actually frightened me when I was young. It seemed similar to death and death seemed terrifying. I feared the nothingness between dreams and this kept me awake at night.

You may have trouble sleeping for other reasons. Perhaps, you worry about love or money or bombs–and it keeps you awake. Whatever your reasons, here are 6 techniques that should help you go right to sleep.

1. Stay Awake For a Long Time

Once, when I was young adult and somewhat adventurous, I stayed up very late with some friends.  If I recall correctly, my parents were away on a trip. It seemed like a good opportunity to create mischief with friends. There was an instigator: Mary or Magdalene or Maggie. She provided some stimulating substance. We all talked about almost everything for hours and hours. We stayed up for two days and one night. We felt that we had been through something significant. We’d chatted about deep things and become greater friends. At least that’s how I felt. We’d cracked this celestial egg and bathed in its gooey, sleepy, spiritual yoke.

It was fairly easy to fall asleep that night, though I was aided by a few alcoholic drinks.

2. Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol has excellent sleep properties. When I’ve consumed a fare amount of alcohol, I find that I fall asleep much easier than usual. Sometimes alcohol puts me to sleep so quickly that I forget to take my shoes off or turn out the light in my room. (While alcohol will definitely put you to sleep, it can also have repercussions the next morning).

3. Depression

While I hesitate to recommend depression, It has always helped me sleep. When I was in high school, I attended a summer art school in Los Angeles, California. It was a progressive program that encouraged artsy teenagers from all over the state to collaborate in all sorts of interesting theater, music, and art projects. Talented and angst ridden teens from around the state were all thrown together in a sort of artsy-educational love-in.

I, for one, fell in love with at least three very beautiful and interesting young women (not all at once). Sadly,  they all, in the end, rejected me for other young fellows. This brought me to the brink. One night I ran through all the campus lawn sprinklers like a mad man.

Upon returning home I became very depressed. I slept all the time. It was my primary activity.

I would not recommend depression. I would try alcohol first.

4. Vigorous Exercise

Vigorous or excessive exercise can make sleep much easier. When I was probably around the age of ten, I decided to push my body to the limit of endurance. I ran in place in front of the TV for the course of at least 4 serial TV programs. Then I ran around the bench in the yard over 100 times. Then I decided I should run all around my house 100 times. My aim was to become a very good runner and perform better on my soccer team. A side effect of my  efforts was that I became very tired and fell asleep early that night, before dinner. I do remember, the next day, my legs were very sore.

5. Sleeping Pills

I’ve found some sleeping pills are better than others. There are over the counter ones, often herbal remedies, and they seem to work pretty well when coupled with a glass of wine or two. Also sometimes your doctor can prescribe more potent sleeping pills. Prescription sleeping pills are probably the most effective and efficient way to achieve sleep.

6.Become Unconscious

I hesitate to recommend this at all. Unconsciousness is even more like death than sleeping and the side effects can be quite taxing. I once woke up beneath a bush at some ungodly hour. I figured I must be very drunk to have chosen such a poor sleeping place. My bicycle was propped near the bush that i was conspicuously dosing beneath. So I dragged myself and bicycle home and fell asleep in my bed. The next morning I discovered blood on my pillow and it was then that I realized I had crashed my bike and not simply gone to bed in a wildly inappropriate location. Afterwards, I was dizzy for days. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so low about myself.

This is why I hesitate to recommend becoming unconscious.

Do you have any tried and true sleeping techniques? Please share them in the comments below.