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[–]MonkeysFanny 1625 points1626 points  (97 children)


[–]SpeciaISnowfIake 57 points58 points  (1 child)

I have been trying to finish the "brothers karamazov" for a decade now. I read it before bed; puts me to sleep within 5 minutes flat. If that doesn't seem me through life, there's always Tolstoy. I feel obligated to read them, but they are so incredibly boring to me my brain gives right up and I'm out. It's a win / win.

[–]Tatis_Chief 109 points110 points  (6 children)

Well I mean I read from the kindle.

But I like that kidle paper white light because I am lazy to turn off the real light.

[–]Raichu7 119 points120 points  (63 children)

Don’t the lights keep you up just like a phone would?

[–]Death_By_Penguins 325 points326 points  (43 children)

IIRC it's the blue light coming from the screen that keeps you up the most, that's why using a program like f.lux can help

[–]Raichu7 49 points50 points  (28 children)

Yes but don’t light bulbs have blue light? And if you use a book light the white LEDs will have even more blue light than a normal light bulb.

[–]bornwitch 144 points145 points  (24 children)

You can chose your color temperature when you purchase bulbs. I always buy “warm” bulbs because they feel more cozy in the home.

You could also get a smart bulb, those are pretty neat.

If you have bulbs advertised as “daylight” or “true white” they will more cool/blue.

[–]jaycatt7 77 points78 points  (11 children)

You can chose your color temperature when you purchase bulbs. I always buy “warm” bulbs because they feel more cozy in the home.

My shrink recently replaced the warm bulb in his office lamp with a cool/bright one, and the difference was dramatic. The place became much less relaxing and intimate.

[–]Deztru 57 points58 points  (8 children)

I hate cold bulbs, makes every room they're in feel like a hospital or a public bathroom.

[–]Zadre 18 points19 points  (6 children)

One of my neighbors have a cool bright lamp in their living room. It bothers me to no end. Why would anyone want that in their living room?!

[–]kitteh_catte_wranglr 51 points52 points  (3 children)

To answer, as a person who suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), most of my lights are cool, bright, full spectrum lights throughout the house. There are a few that aren’t, and I use them sometimes - but only when I’m in a good mental place and ready for some softer light, like before sleep, or for a romantic evening.

Before I consciously tried this, my depression in my own home, where I should have felt safest and happiest, was worse than anywhere else I could be.

Just changing my home lighting made my home a sanctuary, as I feel a home should be! :)

[–]kitteh_catte_wranglr 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Oh, and my furniture and decorations are all warm earth tones, and I use soft, touchable textures so it’s not clinical at all.

Totally helped!!

[–]JustaReverseFridge 42 points43 points  (1 child)

because I want it to feel like its daytime in my house, not that a fire is inside of my lamp

[–]sfzen 19 points20 points  (0 children)

You should mention it to him. That sounds like something he’d be concerned about.

[–]trackmaster400 9 points10 points  (10 children)

Can you explain how that works? Blue light comes from higher temperatures (blackbody radiation), so why are warm lights red/ cool lights blue? Seems like it should be the reverse.

[–]DickDastardly404 33 points34 points  (0 children)

"Warm" in this context refers to colour temperature, not actual temperature. Reds, oranges and yellows make us feel warm and cozy, because they remind us of things like candles, flaming hearths, flushed skin and summer sunsets, while blues, aqua greens and greys remind us of icy rivers, overcast skies, cold stone and freezing nights.

Warm light is not as harsh, and is more akin to firelight, while white light is more like a fresh blue sky and daylight, which keeps you awake.

[–]Aksi_Gu 12 points13 points  (0 children)

As far as I can make out, portable devices are "Short-wavelength enriched" meaning they put out more blue light to ensure visibility.

[–]untruelies 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think its more to do with the mood that the colours are associated with than the actual black body temperatures that create them, e.g. warm white is kind of yellowy so feels warm like the sun or a fire whereas cool white is closer to blue so reminds you of snow, ice, etc. An example of this could be in stage lighting, using cool white makes everything seem harsh and cold and could maybe represent a winter scene.

[–]Hiciao 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Well, also, when you're reading, you're not staring at the light like with a phone.

[–]rhetoricjams 9 points10 points  (1 child)

f.lux is the shit. people freak out when they look at my screen. "what's wrong with your computer?" etc etc. busters.

[–]Fredex8 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Strangely I find setting my LIFX bulbs to blue or violet (but turning them down low) before I sleep very relaxing and sleep inducing.

[–]mcowger 23 points24 points  (0 children)

The blue light has an impact, but so does the constant dopamine hits from browsing/Facebook atv.

Replace with warm tinted bulbs (or a true kindle with the blue filter) and reading a bloom rather than Facebook.

[–]h3dge 13 points14 points  (4 children)

If you are reading from a book there is no backlighting - it makes all the difference in the world....

[–]MBPyro 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I’m not sure, at least for me reading puts me to sleep extremely quickly. I can easily fall asleep with all the lights on after reading for 20-30 minutes.

[–]weedful_things 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I used to read voraciously until the internet screwed up my attention span for it. I have recently tried to get back into reading before bed. I usually get two or, maybe, three pages read before I am done.

[–]darn42 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You arent staring directly at lightbulbs when you read a book. You are when you use a screen.

[–]missintent 14 points15 points  (3 children)

And personally, I tend to go for non fiction right before bed. It's easier to put down then a thriller.

[–]TLGwegg 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think this is the most important comment. I use to stay up, spending time on reddit or YouTube. Sometimes till 1 am. I knew it was because of the blue light issue. I had a few Stephen King books laying around that I first attempted to read close to 10 years back.

I set up a light close to my bed, a worm light, with a shade, with a switch at arm's reach.

If I am not tired and get in to bed at 8, I can be sleeping by 9. Reading also keeps me entertained enough to stay away from TV, video games, or my phone, until I fall a sleep.

[–]sheamcvaugh 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Really surprised that this is not the #1 comment here.

[–]Zutsky 216 points217 points  (3 children)

I tidy my kitchen of any mess made from dinner (it's nice to wake up to a tidy place!), pack my bag/make sure I have everything I need for the next day, have a nice relaxing bubble bath, then sit in bed and read until I fall asleep (usually very quickly).

[–]Bearnnitr 65 points66 points  (2 children)

I'm willing to pay thousands just to be like this.

[–]eskimoFry 22 points23 points  (0 children)

You have to be willing to give just a few minutes for this

[–]TheInfiniteGoddess 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Luckily you don't need to pay thousands to be like this :D

[–]magdalenian 2288 points2289 points  (96 children)

I like to lie in the dark and imagine a world where time doesn’t pass, and where I can create anything (like I’m a god, or I’m in that dream in a dream inception shit).

So for example I’ll imagine I’m building a house under a river in the Amazon rainforest so I can watch river dolphins. I’ll slowly construct every detail of the environment, the room I’m in, etc. I’ll meet a jaguar and give it the ability to talk and ask it questions and imagine what it might say. I’ll get modern English translations of ancient texts and read them.

Basically I just imagine cool things until I drift off. When I was younger I used to enjoy going to bed early just so I could think about things before falling asleep.

[–]e033x 579 points580 points  (18 children)

I remember being much better at this sort of thing when I was younger. Nowadays I fall asleep way before I get anywere cool.

[–]killmeleatherface 77 points78 points  (8 children)

yeah me too! I think i’m wide awake and come up with a story, but get about a quarter of the way thru and then wake up the next day

[–]runningtotal 28 points29 points  (7 children)

Me too. If I know I need to get to sleep I intentionally start with a good daydream and I know I'll be unconscious before I get to the good bit :(

[–]Amerphose 17 points18 points  (6 children)

Glad to know I’m not the only one. I used to always daydream about imaginary worlds and stories and my own characters (which are probably just hybrids of the different fictional characters that made an impression on me) interacting with each other, especially before sleeping. I don’t really do good parts tho, they’re always just doing mundane stuff

[–]weedful_things 3 points4 points  (2 children)

A few months ago I would fall asleep imagining I was a proto human and was going about my life while trying to get food and avoid predators. I stopped doing this because I was dying too much.

[–]jaycatt7 129 points130 points  (6 children)

Usually when I try that I end up worrying about things and not sleeping.

[–]OneSmoothCactus 62 points63 points  (5 children)

There was a post yesterday in I think r/science that explained a study where they found you were less likely to stay up worrying if you wrote down a to-do list for the next day before bed.

So basically you unload all the things you have to worry about doing onto a piece of paper and you have an easier time letting them go before sleeping.

[–]UncheckedException 7 points8 points  (0 children)

So, some study discovered the worry doll? Fascinating.

[–]teafographic 23 points24 points  (0 children)

It doesn’t help me fall asleep at night, but I always imagine myself in my sanctuary where hills filled with red poppy flowers run far and in the distance stands an enormous towering tree filled with every book in the world. I always “wake up” in this world on a white canopy bed in the middle of a red poppy flower hill. Depending on my mood, it could be bright out with deep blue skies and lazy clouds. Or it could be evening, when the stars and fireflies come out to light the dark.

I also imagine it to be a room temperature world because fuck the cold.

[–]Sneaker_Freaker_1 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I used to tend to a nice fawn in the clouds. Probably dead now, been a long time

[–]NgArclite 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Pretty similar. I just place myself in a book or tv or movie. Like for example I want to place myself in the atomic blonde universe. Now I'm a German agent trying to smuggle out something before the other agents catch me.

[–]Malavok 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This is how I’ve always fallen asleep, just imagining fantasy worlds and scenarios. What I think about depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s having super powers, or adventuring through a dungeon, or meeting the love of my life (often in a fantasy world though), or getting something in life I’ve always wanted.

I think it works well. Never takes me longer than about 15 minutes to get to sleep, unless I had too much to drink and have to pee a lot.

[–]-DarkStarrx 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Thank goodness someone else does this, I started doing this when I was super young because I couldn't sleep, but knew not to leave my room. So I would construct these worlds and be the princess and eventually the princess would fall asleep in my story and so would I. It progressed into me being able to lucid dream and know what I was doing by 13. I'm 28 and I still have several worlds I go to before I fall asleep. It really is a lot of fun and stress releasing. Sometimes if my work day was really bad and I'm tossing and turning I have to remind myself hey...you can go to your alien world and chill the hell out for a bit and it usually works.

[–]thosemoments 21 points22 points  (0 children)

One of the best posts in I've read

[–]VictoriaLuna1885 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I do something similar, I have a basic plot structure of a book I know I will probably never write but I can change different settings or imagine pure detail of the specific scenes and make it match what I am feeling that day!

[–]mgrah3723 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You should be a DM.

[–]PandaProphetess 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I play out the sessions I GM - and/or the sessions I play in - in my head as I fall asleep. It makes describing the scene easier, or recalling details easier.

[–]PM_YOUR_NEKIDNESS 34 points35 points  (11 children)

So you Minecraft in your head?

[–]magdalenian 65 points66 points  (9 children)

Yeah but with lots of mods and no cave spiders

[–]TerrenceJesus8 24 points25 points  (8 children)

Fuck cave spiders

[–]The_Malarket 22 points23 points  (7 children)


[–]TheRemainingFruitcup 6 points7 points  (6 children)

What's this?

[–]PM_YOUR_NEKIDNESS 26 points27 points  (5 children)


Does this help?

[–]KeybladeSpirit 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Not enough legs.


[–]onlymadethis4porn 27 points28 points  (0 children)


[–]sanguine_write 15 points16 points  (0 children)

You have a great life. Pure childlike imagination is where it's at.

[–]DickDastardly404 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I usually have the radio or youtube at a near imperceptible murmur while I sleep, but I do a similar thing while I drift off - usually I try for far less "big" concepts though.

My go-to is to imagine I am a pilot flying through a tight canyon, banking and rolling over a river below, that or I deconstruct and visualize electronics or mechanical objects in my mind, explode them into their component parts, and try to understand the physical relationship between the moving parts and how they go together.

[–]RYAN_BENJAMIN 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Ah interesting, you should try incessantly worrying about the future, cringing about things you said 11 years ago and regretting all your life choices, it works just as well...

[–]Sad_Alpaca 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I do that too, but then I end up realising it's now 4am and I need to stop and get my ass to sleep.

[–]deanie1970 183 points184 points  (14 children)

I play this weird little game in my head where I try to think of a topic like "Foods" and then think of a food item that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Somehow about halfway thru it, my mind starts wandering and I end up finally drifting off. Its like I'm trying to bore myself to sleep.

[–]gutterpeach 63 points64 points  (8 children)

Yes! It works!

A similar technique has helped me fall asleep on a regular basis. I’ll come up with a word and for each letter in that word, I’ll think of 5 things that start with that letter. Someone elsewhere on reddit posted it and I figured I’d give it a go.

For example, the word “Amusing”. A is for Apple, A is for Apostrophe, A is for Adventure, A is for Academy, A is for Aliens. M is for Music, M is for Mountain, M is for Margarine, M is for Metal, M is for Marigolds. And so on.

It’s been helpful in reducing anxiety by forcing my brain to focus elsewhere. Sometimes I’ll go through several words but I often fall asleep by the fourth letter. I’ve now gotten other people using it, including my mother, who has trouble with early-waking.

[–]deanie1970 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Oh wow! I like that idea, too!! I've been having trouble coming up with different ideas for categories for the alphabet game, so this will be a new one for me to try tonight! And I think that I'd add a "twist" to your version...like for the example you gave "Amusing"...5 things that are amusing that start with each letter in that word! This is great! Thanks so much for sharing this one!!

[–]gutterpeach 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Ooh...good twist! It is hard to keep myself from using the same words. That damned Apple!

[–]deanie1970 5 points6 points  (2 children)

It'll be so much easier to think of words to use for this game than trying to think of categories for the one game I've been using. This should definitely put me into sleep mode quicker!! I'm excited about this one! I seriously can't thank you enough!! I'll have to remember to update ya tomorrow and let you know if it worked any quicker for me!! :)

[–]mintch0c 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes! I do this! But with animals. I aim to think of at least 4 or 5 animals beginning with each letter before I move on. I've never get more than halfway through the alphabet.

And if I get bored with animals, I move on to countries/cities.

Can't do food though as It makes me hungry :o

[–]DUNNJ_ 579 points580 points  (25 children)


It actually tires me out and makes me sleepy

[–]Cat-penis 109 points110 points  (11 children)

The only problem with this is I start falling asleep whenever I read now.

[–]Hi_im_nuts 164 points165 points  (7 children)

The real problem is when you are reading something really good and just can't put the book down. One more chapter all the way until the alarm clock rings.

[–]29100610478021 57 points58 points  (1 child)

Ive never made it to my alarm, but two hours before.

Worst day at work, ever.

[–]Hi_im_nuts 55 points56 points  (0 children)

The first time I did that, as a kid, I finished my book and looked at my clock: 30 minutes before it was set to go off. Figured fuck it it's going to suck more to sleep 30 minutes than it is to not sleep at all. Went downstairs and made breakfast.

My parents were pretty happy with breakfast in bed, until they learned why I was up so "early". Good times.

[–]Dotrue 44 points45 points  (3 children)

I have the opposite problem. Reading wakes me up and gets me hyped about the story

[–]A-Grey-World 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yeah. And God forbid I'm near (relatively) the end. I've read till dawn some nights because I just can't put a book down...

And then the "I've finished a book" hangover...

[–]Cueballing 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I always end up pulling an all nighter telling myself ill just read one more chapter

[–]ChaplnGrillSgt 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I find it also helps focus and quiet my mind. If I just try to lay down or if I use my phone then my mind races and jumps around. Reading forces my brain to focus on one story and basically tells my brain to chill out.

[–]DonOntario 1002 points1003 points  (10 children)

Use electronic devices for 3 hours before bed.

[–]ERLGreyOfficial 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Or 4, 5. Really, if you use them for long enough, you'll fall asleep eventually!

[–]itsmegoddamnit 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I use electronic devices for 16 hours before bed.

[–]KickMeElmo 10 points11 points  (1 child)

20, with a healthy dose of insomnia.

[–]Ritzkjeks1 127 points128 points  (23 children)

Because of no sun period until 21st of January, I take my D-vitamin capsules and go for a walk. sometimes read.

[–]rozasaurusrex 76 points77 points  (5 children)

Apparently you should take vitamin d tabs in the morning because they can interfere with the sleepy melatonin production. I only noticed after crazy insomnia when I started on the supplement and had to look it up.

Edit -glad to be of assistance!

[–]World-Wanderer 82 points83 points  (2 children)

Holy crap! Randomly scrolling through these comments may have just given me an answer I've been looking for for months! I've been struggling with falling asleep for a while now and have had no clue why. I exercise regularly, eat healthy, and don't spend time on devices before bed.

But I started taking Vitamin D supplements nightly a few months ago. Stumbling across this comment may have just given me a solution. I'll have to try this out.

[–]goldfishz_crackers 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Same, I just realized why I couldn't sleep this week. I've been getting 4hrs max at night.

[–]Ritzkjeks1 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Didn't know actually. But I try to take it earlier. Depends if I remember or not.

[–][deleted] 24 points25 points  (2 children)

If I go for a walk after dark in my country I'll get shot so I think I'll just stick to reading

[–]cjmook21 9 points10 points  (6 children)

What's the temperature

[–]Ritzkjeks1 18 points19 points  (5 children)

3 degrees celcius

[–]cjmook21 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Less cold than I expected, Canada and east coast USA is way below freezing much further south.

[–]emilymadelen 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We've been experiencing some unseasonably mild weather this week! Was colder just a week before

[–]InvoluntaryMurderer 19 points20 points  (5 children)

no sun until 21st ive never heard of? which country is this

[–]mcowger 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Northern Canada, Alaska, Norway, etc.

[–]Ritzkjeks1 42 points43 points  (1 child)

Norway. Specifically Tromsø.

[–]Vinkhol 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Getting closer to the arctic circle countries get less and less sun during winter. Eventually there are times when the sun doesn't rise. In this case, It's Norway

[–]myName005 63 points64 points  (4 children)

knitting or having a shower.

[–]sancheez 154 points155 points  (7 children)


[–]Topomouse 35 points36 points  (0 children)

I feel you bro.
Keep fighting the good fight!

[–]DataRapist 567 points568 points  (34 children)

Talk with my wife, or have sex.

[–]DepressToImpress 172 points173 points  (20 children)

but then what?

[–]cerberus6320 240 points241 points  (10 children)

have sex or talk with his wife

[–]DepressToImpress 78 points79 points  (9 children)

while browsing reddit though right?

[–]Dioksys 43 points44 points  (8 children)

How does he browse reddit without any electronic device ?

[–]Golden_Spider666 62 points63 points  (5 children)

Because he is a electronic device

[–][deleted] 42 points43 points  (2 children)

the shamalan twist

[–]Grillard 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Bruce Willis was an iPhone all along!

[–]totodile356 8 points9 points  (1 child)

he browses reddit on his wife using sexual movements to navigate duhhh

[–][deleted] 107 points108 points  (3 children)

What else are you going do extra 58 minutes?

[–]DidNotTryAvcadoToast 15 points16 points  (0 children)

So, no hope for the rest of us

[–]InadequateUsername 14 points15 points  (0 children)

So 55 minutes of talking and 5 minutes of sex?

[–]KrisGroovy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Me too thanks

[–]PeelingLemon 288 points289 points  (19 children)


[–]liondios 185 points186 points  (5 children)

Hang in there. Crying means you can still feel.

[–]PeelingLemon 135 points136 points  (4 children)

I've lost my zest for life.

[–]liondios 73 points74 points  (3 children)

But apparently not your humour

[–]PeelingLemon 138 points139 points  (2 children)

It's better than being lemoncholy.

[–][deleted] 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I think you'd have fun here: r/Punny

[–]kutuup1989 13 points14 points  (3 children)

It's all those lemons you're peeling, man. I keep telling you, that shit irritates the holy hell out of your eyes!

[–]PeelingLemon 38 points39 points  (2 children)

It's an unappeeling task, but life keeps giving me them.

[–]laterdude 258 points259 points  (27 children)

I live near a 24 hour coffee shop so I head there for some chamomile tea and to shoot the shit with the regulars. Since I'm an introvert, the socializing wears me out and makes me ready for bed when I get home.

[–]IEnjoyPCGamingTooMuc 81 points82 points  (24 children)

genuinely curious, how does socializing for an hour each day make you introverted?

[–]cjmook21 216 points217 points  (4 children)

Introverts can socialize and like it, it just drains you after a while.

[–]Amerphose 108 points109 points  (2 children)

One of my best friends is an introvert. He’s insanely good at casual conversations with others and is one of the loudest ones in my circle but he also spends an inordate amount of time recurperating at home after a day out with us.

[–]cowminer27 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I think you are my friend 😀

[–]sciuridae_ 181 points182 points  (7 children)

I've got no idea if this is even remotely accurate, but I once heard that there's essentially two circuits in your brain for processing conversation.

There's a long circuit that really focuses on everything and analyses what's being said before formulating a response, and there's a short circuit that bypasses that and just responds reflexively. "Extroverts" tend to use the short circuit, so socialising is a low-energy activity. "Introverts" tend to use the long circuit, so socialising takes more energy and is mentally draining after a while. Most people lie somewhere in the middle and use a mix of both.

That doesn't mean that extroverts hate quiet time and introverts hate people, like the Reddit stereotype would have you believe. It just means that some people find socialising easy most of the time, while some people often find socialising to be an activity that demands energy.

I did get this from a drunk guy at a party though, so take it with a pinch of salt.

[–]ERLGreyOfficial 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Reddit has taught me that alcohol can increase your mental capabilities, so I'm inclined to believe you

[–]Maebyfunke37 22 points23 points  (2 children)

I just googled the key words from what you said and oh my goodness, this has just clarified a lot of things about social interaction that I've never understood. https://www.google.com/amp/s/musingsonmormonism.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/easily-the-most-fascintaing-and-illuminating-comparison-of-introversion-and-extroversion-ive-ever-seen/amp/

[–]sciuridae_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh, hey, that guy might not have been full of shit! :D

I think he was studying neuroscience to be fair. But also, we were both very very drunk so it was completely possible that he miscommunicated or that I misunderstood.

[–]NewYearNewAccount_ 41 points42 points  (3 children)

Introvert does not equal shy.

Introvert just means social interaction can be exhausting. More so than most people would experience.

[–]Alpacas_are_memes 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Its not the socializing for an hour that makes him an introvert, and doing it doesnt make him less an introvert.

[–]Vinkhol 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I believe this is just a common confusion of definitions, but introvert doesn't necessarily mean "doesn't like socializing". Being introverted means being around people slowly exhausts you, and being alone "re-energizes" you in a way. For example, I'm introverted, but I love talking with people, strangers, friends whatever. However, after a couple hours of that, I get tired of that, and feel the need to retreat. I enjoy the socialization, but I need a break. Hope that makes sense!

[–]kokosaur 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Because the social interaction drains him instead of energizing him. That’s what’s being an introvert means

[–]Foreign-O-Brien 139 points140 points  (4 children)

I used to be one of those that "couldnt" sleep. Id have the games going or a movie, etc... I honestly killed my own appetite for those things. Ive been playing video games and watching tv since i was 7.

Hell I used to play a game called Everquest, an old school MMORPG and i would grind exp using a kitchen timer because Id try to play as much as I could in the summer so Id grind exp but then i needed to wait 15 min to replenish my mana and hp, so id be so tired id set the timer for that 15 min n then wake up. I did this throughout the night untill I just didnt wake up anymore.

Ive been used to being so tired at work and at school that it eventually just made me hate not sleeping. Nowadays, I know exactly what the signal is for sleep, its so subtle...

The moment my body speaks that note it doesnt matter anymore what im doing, a party, out with friends, gaming, watching tv, reading, etc... I go home and go to bed because none of that shit is going anywhere nor can it top feeling rested. Ive been up since 6am even now and i just started playing AQ3D on my phone last night, which was really fun but once i felt tired around the 930 mark I basically just dropped my phone on my bed and passed out within 5 min.

These days you cant stop me from sleeping, its one of my fav things and ways to end a day. Fuck anything else lol. Its not worth it.

[–]thewayon 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Yeah I've started paying attention to when my body signals the need for sleep, too. It definitely varies depending on the day. When you ignore it and put it off for an hour, you can't fall asleep at aaaall.

[–]DickDastardly404 13 points14 points  (0 children)

nothing like drifting off to sleep when you're dirt fucking tired

[–]KBowTV[S] 120 points121 points  (3 children)

I'm beginning to feel slightly dumb after reading some of these replies, keep them coming please!

[–][deleted] 54 points55 points  (2 children)

But.... Where are you reading them? Is someone printing and mailing them to you?

[–]Mommy_Lawbringer 33 points34 points  (0 children)

He's reading them by carrier pigeon sent by the Pope.

[–]Fredex8 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Get out of here with your sorcery.

[–]O-shi 66 points67 points  (13 children)

Read a book with my SO

[–]kutuup1989 30 points31 points  (9 children)

As in you both read books? Or you both read the same book?

[–]johnlockeswheelchair 64 points65 points  (3 children)

She reads one sentence, I read the next. Doesn't everyone do this?

[–]Amerphose 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Picturing you both doing it simultaneously is making me lol

[–]x_R_x 59 points60 points  (3 children)

I just imagine I’m in a one room cabin in the woods. There’s a fire going. I’m snuggled up in the bed.

It’s snowing outside.

[–]Moonbirds 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Fuck me it's 6 pm and I want to sleep now with that image.

[–]knightfantom 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Wild that this question just came up since I started a new habit 5 days ago of turning off my electronics an hour before bed. I have an alarm on my phone that goes off to remind me. 9:30 is screens off, 10:30 is lights out and 6:30 a.m. is wakeup. I read and think for the last hour. It's been good because even 45 minutes in, I'm feeling ready for sleep. This is completely new for me. Until now I just stayed up till I felt tired and used whatever devices I wanted. I wouldn't sleep deeply and even stopped dreaming. Last night it felt like I was dreaming all night, and the past two nights I've gotten 11 hours of sleep (when my alarm goes off at 6:30 I decided to keep sleeping haha)! I haven't slept more than 10 hours in one night for probably a decade or that one time I stayed up in college for 32 hours straight!! Going to try to keep this habit going.

[–]KeybladeSpirit 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I spend an hour thinking about brushing my teeth, then putting toothpaste on my toothbrush, setting it down, and forgetting to brush my teeth.

[–]chocolatethun-da 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I play with my cats.

[–]kushglo 74 points75 points  (5 children)

Prison is a hard place to sleep during the day or night.

I used my imagination most of the time to get to sleep. This may sound kind of morbid, but I use to imagine breaking out of prison using special powers and violence.

I use to imagine having special powers that would dissolve or liquify the cell door right as the guards where outside doing count. I’d walk out and vaporize them. More guards would come and aim their guns down at me as I walked down the hallway towards them.

The lights in the hallway would then bust or turn off above me the closer I walked to them bouncing their bullets back to them killing the first line of guards then the weapons would instantly fall apart sort of like Magneto’s power. Then I’d power choke them or something similar.

Usually I’d fall asleep when I got to this part.. kind of fucked up, nerdy and weird. Never have told anybody about this because it sounds so crazy.

Also most guards don’t have guns in prison.. the rifle towers do, but guards walking around the tiers don’t.

[–]Redditsresidentloser 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Fucking hell

[–]The_Flying_Stoat 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I don't approve of killing cops, but I can understand why someone trapped in a cell would fantasize about breaking out. Particularly during the irrational moments before falling asleep.

[–]MountainDerp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This remind me of hallway scene with Darth Vader

[–]o_charlie_o 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I lay next to my husband and write songs to the rhythm of his snores

[–]ugh-yes 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I journal, really helps me unwind the day! reflecting and putting feelings and plans into words does help me with going to sleep at ease.

[–]kidwithausername 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I imagine light saber battles.

Someone else on Reddit(?) I think suggested it and it works. Maybe it's because my childhood self was obsessed with Star Wars and my brain subconsciously clicks after all my great Star Wars related memories and I just relax and doze off.

Kinda lame but it works. Works with Lego too sometimes.

[–]guzmalt 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This and Pokémon battles.Except I rarely don't have my phone or something in bed at night.

[–]DenchBoyz10 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Study. This is what University (College) does to you.

[–]Jorden99 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Truer words have never been spoken. The amount of times I've found myself awake at 2am is disgusting.

[–]chic_luke 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Even as a high school senior… when it's mass tests time, oh boy. 2AM stay ups are the norm

[–]Brighton1000 48 points49 points  (2 children)

Sleep. /s

I plug my phone up across the room where I can't reach it. I close my eyes and do mindfulness meditation until I fall asleep.

[–]cowminer27 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Meditation should be be much higher!

[–]notwowthrowaway 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Read, knit, do crosswords, crochet.

[–]fringerella 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I also knit, crochet or do crosswords

[–]ToastboySlave 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Drink coffee.

It does not help.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Read and draw.

[–]ZsaFreigh 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I usually start falling asleep on the couch, so I just get up and go to bed and fall asleep in a few minutes.

[–]HerbertWigglesworth 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I play hide the sausage

[–]TourGoat 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I have a notebook where I spend 10-15 minutes writing about my day - things I want to remember to share with someone such as my mom or my SO (LD relationship), things that made me happy/things I'm grateful for, things that I know I'll dwell on while trying to sleep, sometimes even things I want to remember for the next day. It doesn't help me plan or prioritize but it does release things from floating around my head, and it puts me in a positive frame of mind before I sleep. (The positive stuff is the most important for this!)

Another thing to note - I turn off all my overhead lights and write/get ready for bed using a lower light lamp. I found that overhead lights keep me awake but dim light is a cue now for me to wind down to sleep.

[–]MintyBunni 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I read or sew depending on what is available at the time.

Sew if I have something small that can be done by hand (loose buttons, smaller holes in seams, decorative stitching that I can only do by hand, etc.) And read if I don't. (Usually my chem textbook or some sort of fantasy novel. I'm working on rereading the Witcher Saga atm.)

[–]twatwaffIe[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sex. Then I read a book for the remaining 57 minutes.

[–]Macabalony 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Spend that time reading. Dim the lights. After about 30 minutes I am tired and ready to fall asleep.

[–]76567159 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Scoop litter boxes, get breakfast/coffee/lunch ready, take my melatonin, read, sleepily snuggle with husband.

[–]BlindedAce 15 points16 points  (19 children)

I go to bed.. your mind is peaceful when there isn't any background anything going on. Just lay there and think of memories, or good things in the day. Read, talk to someone in the house like a wife or girlfriend. If you know you want or need a certain time for sleep, finish your electronic stuff and hour ahead of that time desired. It's a better overall feeling.

[–]PikTheWyvern 46 points47 points  (7 children)

Man if I lay down with nothing to do I'll probably be thinking about how meaningless my life is in less than 5 minutes

[–]BlindedAce 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Everyone's life has meaning. Regardless of impact. You're living for you. Keep it up.

[–]Marthinwurer 17 points18 points  (2 children)

What if I don't care about me? I don't know what to live for, or why I even live. All I can ever think of when I try to go to sleep are my issues with focusing at work and being terrified of being out-competed and left behind or fired.

[–]georockker 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If it's any consolation I have the same experience

[–]JakesStinkyButt 8 points9 points  (0 children)

And that's why we have a hard time putting down our phones...

[–]reficulmi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Then you have 55 minutes to sort it out. Listen to yourself.. no one else knows you better

[–]jumboshrimp29 17 points18 points  (4 children)

I’m sincerely glad to hear your mind is peaceful, but given no outside stimulus my mind tends to descend into a mess of anxiety

[–]gegg1 9 points10 points  (4 children)

You can't say you go to bed before you go to bed.

[–]vipros42[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Read a book