Write down what is on my mindIf I stay in bed worrying about something and cannot get to sleep because I feel stressed or if I feel I must remember to do something the next day I write that thing down. I have a tiny notepad and a pen always on my nightstand and when I notice my brain keeps thinking the same worrying things all over again I write those down. I don't need to put on the light or anything when I write, I know my hadwriting will look horrible but there has never been a situation when I have not been able to read it. And that is not even the point. I can remember without the notepad what I was thinking about, but writing it down helps me brake the loop my brain is doing and helps me let go of the thought and get to sleep.
Just noticed from the photo that I'm using the ugliest pen and notepad, got to do something to pretty those up.
Change the place I sleepThis is something I learned from my sister, apparently she has been using this trick quite succesfully for years and years. So if I cannot get to sleep but am not stressed or incase I've already done the first trick but it has not helped I take my pillow and blanket and move. Really. I go to the guest bed or on the sofa and sleep there. It's usually that I get to sleep quite fast after I've moved. Sometimes I don't bother moving very far but just turn my head to the foot of the bed. I do not know what it is about the change in the place but it just works.
I could also mention a third trick, which might only aply to me since I'm a lousy eater (especially if I'm home alone). But if you can't get to sleep because you are hungry, EAT something! This is something I notice doing regularly. I go to bed feeling a bit hungry then can't get to sleep and mull over for a long time if I should go and eat something then I give up and walk to the kitchen and I eat a ryecrisp, no butter or cheese or anything, just the ryecrisp. Then I walk back to bed and fall a sleep immediately. I have no idea why I keep pushing off the eating, it's dumb. What tricks do you have for getting sleep?