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What do you do to fall asleep?

Friday’s readers share their tips – from blinking to flowers to imaginary worlds

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I read any article, news, book etc to activate my sleeping senses. Usually this helps me to sleep but at times when this doesn’t work, I try a combination of reading, watching informative videos and listening to old music and repeat the cycle until I sleep. – Mohammed Ali Amjad

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I found this quite interesting question. Two things I tried and got results already. 1. Before going to sleep I tried to make myself tired by taking a 30-minute walk. 2. Before going to sleep, having a glass of lukewarm water with one tablespoon of good quality honey. I tried blinking eyes, like 100 times. It’s said it will make your eyes tired so you will fall asleep, but trust me it did not work out for me. – Manideepa Baidya

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I am one of those that falls asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. But on the rare occasion that I cannot sleep I practice a yoga pranayam [breathing technique] called ujjayi, which is something I learnt during a course I did called the Art of Living. 20 ujjayi breaths and you will definitely fall asleep. In fact I have helped many friends adopt this pranayam and they now swear by it. – Kiran Alphonso

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I have a very funny way of falling asleep.

Every day, I make up an imaginary place where everything is made up of popcorn. I have different flavours like chocolate or strawberry or others. While doing this you will think of many flavours and when you do that (at least for me) I can’t take this much pressure on my mind so that is when I feel sleepy. – Shivanshi

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Well, most people will say, what to do, go to bed and sleep. But I love to pamper myself at the end of the day. How? I always have a light healthy dinner by 8.30pm followed by sipping a warm camomile tea in the evening. I soak a hand towel in water, squeeze to remove extra water, and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds, and add few drops of cologne. Wipe my face, hands and feet. Apply light lotion to prevent drying my skin, it also helps for a good sleep. Wear comfortable nightwear. I always keep a scented flower in a small bowl on my bedside table. If fresh flowers are not available, I spray fragrance oil on plastic flowers. I never forget to keep a good book next to my table lamp. After a little reading I fall asleep. When I wake up ready to welcome the day with a fresh smile. – Archana Sen

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All the cartoons and TV shows tell me that counting sheep will help me sleep but every time I do that, I end up getting less sleepy. So I thought of my own way to have a gorgeous sleep. Every night I think about my dreamland and close my eyes... all those candies and perfect life pictures help me have a sweet dream and sleep tight. – Shivika Priyadarshi

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On the rare days sleep is evading me, I usually read a book or watch some movies. Usually by 10.30pm my body clock is set on sleep mode, so I don’t have to try much to sleep off. – Sibi Joice

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I would imagine myself to be on a cozy cot in a cottage somewhere there is snowfall, just like the bear’s house in the cartoon Masha & the Bear or like Hogwarts castle in Harry Potter. Believe me, this helps me feel more relaxed, I would be fast asleep then. – Smisha Harris

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When I come home tired, I hit the bed easily. However, when I can’t sleep, I lie in bed blinking my eyes rapidly for a few seconds and then, I fall asleep in a few minutes. Sometimes, you should not try too hard, so I start thinking of something or the other. If my energy levels are just too high, I read a book or listen to music. – Allie R

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Being a med student I get from three to six hours of sleep a day during weekdays, so when the weekend comes I treat my self to a warm glass of milk, put on something comfortable, play sounds of rain on the speaker and make the room cooler. Works like a charm. – Muhammad Bilal Shabbir

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As a restless and fervid teenager, sleep doesn’t come to me naturally. However, when I am reluctantly forced to sleep, I engage myself in a thick, small-font novel that is beyond my comprehension to drain the excitement out of me and to simultaneously cause me to drowse. If the first method fails, I resort to chanting my prayers a hundred and eight times to ‘earn’ my sleep. – Sagar VJ

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To fall asleep, I ensure I finish a light dinner by 7.30pm, go down by the park under my building for a stroll, take a calm cool shower, unwind with a cup of unsweetened black coffee and a book – gradually training my mind to quieten down so that I’m completely ready when my head touches the pillow. – Anita Govind Bhatia

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In the night I make up scenarios in my head that would never occur in real life and I also tend to overthink a lot, and then I slowly enter dream world and fall asleep. – Pehal Panjwani

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On the rare nights, sleep is evading me, I usually read a book or watch some movies. Usually by 10.30pm my body clock is set on sleep mode, so even on get togethers with family or friends, I’ll be in deep slumber by then. – Sibi Joice

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I’m so tried when I return from work that I easily get a sound sleep. – Sheena Jishu Thomas

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It was a ritual in my house to have a story read to me before I dozed off, so even today if I am unable to sleep all I need to do is pick up a book and read and soon I would be ready to hit the snooze button. Sometimes I find it a struggle to sleep at night but at school all it takes is the soothing voice of my teachers to put me to sleep and I have even mastered the art of sleeping with my eyes open. – Sarah Ronad

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It starts early in the morning, I wake up at 5. I pray, prepare my son’s breakfast and his lunch bag. I wake up my son and make sure he is well dressed and well fed. I drive to work. I work very hard for nine hours. Actually, I do the jobs of three people. I go home, I rest for half an hour, take my son downstairs to play with the other kids, help him with shower, have him fed, do the homework, and put him in bed. Then, I cook dinner for my husband, pray, fold the laundry or wash some dishes or scrub the toilets, or do anything that has to be done around the house. Then, after dinner, I clear the table, wash the dishes, get ready to bed. Eventually and MIRACULOUSLY I just fall asleep, so deep that snoring or any noise outside would never bother me! – Suzy Sassi

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I switch off my iPhone an hour before bed; the TV too. Sit and listen to soft music. Works for me. Music goes on timer for 15 mins and I fall asleep before it’s over. – Kevin Henson

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Well for me, I get sleep easily if it’s not too late. I try to sleep before 11.30 and it’s easy. But after 12.30am or 1am, sleep doesn’t join me easily. – Nahk Nafri

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I read a paperback to sleep. – Eric Vergara

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