What do you do when you can't sleep?

(36 Posts)
Handcarthell Mon 11-Jan-21 23:53:28

Other than mooch about on here of course...

I can't concentrate on reading, it's too cold to sit downstairs and I'm restless and awake.

Lying thinking is a slippery slope.

How do you pass the time?

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Yutes Tue 12-Jan-21 09:04:00

Generally I get more and more ragin that I can’t sleep.

But some toast, warm milk and something mildly entertaining on the tv in a dimly lit room give me a reset.

MilkMoon Tue 12-Jan-21 08:59:51

I either read or tell myself the plots of 19thc novels. I’ve never got more than about a quarter of the way through Middlemarch. grin

Haggertyjane Tue 12-Jan-21 08:57:52

BBC sounds on my iPad. I listen to boring stories like Agatha Christie (I do like them but they are not exciting) I set a timer for 15 minutes on the app and I'm asleep before it stops normally. If it's really bad I get up and make tea and toast, read and eventually go off again. I have got a self hypnosis technique I do sometimes. I also have a large weighted blanket which is really good for quality sleep.

CrazyBaubles Tue 12-Jan-21 08:55:34

I deal with this quite often. I make sure I'm not too hot or too cold as that doesn't help. Then look at Christmas cottage pictures on Pinterest and add to my 'dream life' board or pop headphones in, listen to relaxing music and do a jigsaw puzzle online. Usually works unless I'm really really stressed - then I put something on to watch that takes a tiny bit of concentration and accessor that I'm not going to sleep much.

TwoZeroTwoZero Tue 12-Jan-21 08:32:34

Play the alphabet game. I never normally get past m.

Imagine my millionaire's house and lifestyle.

Tense up every muscle I possibly can and then slowly, one by one starting at my feet and moving upwards to my head, relax them.

I listen to a thunderstorm or to wind and rain on a window on YouTube through a Bluetooth sleeping mask.

eatthepineapple Tue 12-Jan-21 08:26:57

Audiobooks, podcasts and sometimes music. Especially things that you can either dip in and out of (like a book you already know - I like Harry Potter!) or a panel show on bbc sounds, because then if you miss a bit and then wake up a bit you don't necessarily notice. I also use a timer as usually asleep in about 10-15 mins!

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Handcarthell Tue 12-Jan-21 08:19:29

FlatteredRhubardFool

I ruminate on every stupid thing I ever did or said over the years and blush in the dark. Going back to 1995 ffs. Earlier actually. Faffing on here reading shite. The thing that I find works once I consciously stop the ruminating and reading is lie comfortably and do some slow, deep breathing and imagine myself somewhere I love or write myself a script of being rescued from near-death by a handsome stranger like a lame mills and boon novel. Imagining myself unconscious and gravely injured, whilst being slim and beautiful and ever-so-mysterious as he scoops me up into his arms and takes me back to his cosy yet spacious cottage in the woods with a fire lit in the grate and possibly a dog dozing on the heart does the trick somehow blushgrinblush



This made me smile and will def try it tonight wink

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Anotherlovelybitofsquirrel Tue 12-Jan-21 00:44:09

I ruminate on every stupid thing I ever did or said over the years and blush in the dark. Going back to 1995 ffs. Earlier actually. Faffing on here reading shite

That's totally me. Haunting myself with years of crap. Right now. I'm ok getting to sleep it once woken I struggle to fall back to sleep.

Staffy1 Tue 12-Jan-21 00:43:42

Listen to music on headphones, read.

ZaraCarmichaelshighheels Tue 12-Jan-21 00:43:21

I pop a Nytol, I then put an Agatha Christie on tv with subtitles (I love a cosy murder) normally within 30 minutes I’m ready to drop off.

Frownette Tue 12-Jan-21 00:37:27

I'm not watching this ASMR in case I fall asleep, I need to get up and wash face and brush teeth shortly!

Mumski45 Tue 12-Jan-21 00:36:36

I stop trying. I go downstairs and usually make hot chocolate the go back to bed and put the tv on or read until my eyes start to drop. There is nothing worse than tossing and turning and having random thoughts pop up in your head.

Frownette Tue 12-Jan-21 00:36:10

I had to google asmr. @notangelinajolie yeah I've got a cup of tea and box of chocolates and am feeling quite relaxed after wrestling to get clean duvet cover put on clean duvet.

OP it does help just to get up briefly and do something if you're lying there fretting.

Justnormajean Tue 12-Jan-21 00:35:31

I listen to The Sleep Cove podcasts and I have an eye mask with built in Bluetooth ear phones so it’s completely dark and I’m not disturbing my DH. I bought them on Amazon for about £20 and they are revolutionary www.amazon.co.uk/Bluetooth-Headphone-LC-dolida-Sleeping-Handsfree/dp/B07C4B7187?tag=mumsnetforu03-21

MazDazzle Tue 12-Jan-21 00:35:00

Watch ASMR on YouTube. I’ve been doing it for years, long before it was a ‘thing’. I accidentally discovered that certain types of videos made me feel all tingly and relaxed, then eventually I’d nod off. QVC used to work the same way back in the day!

Maverick66 Tue 12-Jan-21 00:34:33

I get up.
Make tea and toast.
Watch something obscure on tv with a big blanket round me.

MrsGlitterSparklesHun Tue 12-Jan-21 00:33:28

Following on from pp suggestion about iPhone night mode, android have 'bedtime mode' under the 'digital wellbeing' option in settings. DND is turned on and the screen changes to greyscale which is quite helpful for winding down.

notangelinajolie Tue 12-Jan-21 00:31:23

Handcarthell

Other than mooch about on here of course...

I can't concentrate on reading, it's too cold to sit downstairs and I'm restless and awake.

Lying thinking is a slippery slope.

How do you pass the time?

I get up, switch on the news and have a cup of tea and a biscuit. Midnight isn't all that late. Maybe you aren't tired and are going to bed too early.

ladymary86 Tue 12-Jan-21 00:28:33

I listen to ASMR videos on YouTube blush

dottiedaisee Tue 12-Jan-21 00:24:19

Zopiclone ...amazing 😴

Frownette Tue 12-Jan-21 00:23:19

Usually watch something, read something, post on here, and get a cup of tea. Late night snack should make you sleepy.

FlatteredRhubardFool Tue 12-Jan-21 00:21:15

I ruminate on every stupid thing I ever did or said over the years and blush in the dark. Going back to 1995 ffs. Earlier actually. Faffing on here reading shite. The thing that I find works once I consciously stop the ruminating and reading is lie comfortably and do some slow, deep breathing and imagine myself somewhere I love or write myself a script of being rescued from near-death by a handsome stranger like a lame mills and boon novel. Imagining myself unconscious and gravely injured, whilst being slim and beautiful and ever-so-mysterious as he scoops me up into his arms and takes me back to his cosy yet spacious cottage in the woods with a fire lit in the grate and possibly a dog dozing on the heart does the trick somehow blushgrinblush

OohImBlindedByTheLights Tue 12-Jan-21 00:20:30

I take a melatonin tablet which I bought out in the states last year. 30 minutes later and I'm zonked

Ouch44 Tue 12-Jan-21 00:17:33

About to put a podcast on. This time Fortunately because I've listened slept through all of Louis Theroux.
I put a timer on for 10 mins and I'll be asleep by the end. It's cured my insomnia! Actually I think getting a puppy and having to sleep beside it for weeks may have helped. Also makes DH fall asleep

Laufeythejust Tue 12-Jan-21 00:14:11

Also if you’re on mumsnet on an iPhone activate night mode- it removes some of the blue light and I found it made a difference.

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