How To Fall Asleep And Keep Asleep

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Are you up?

In this case, the question might be how long have you been awake? Since 5 a.m.? 3 AM? Or was that when you finally got to miraculously beat the hay? There’s no snooze button for the brain (not even hidden behind your ears – we checked), and in stressful times like these, counting every speck on your ceiling can be a lot easier than addressing the thoughts that keep you busy hold. A little consolation? Everyone seems to be in the same boat. We called to find the best sleepers in Glossier HQ and they shared the little tools to help them fall asleep and fall asleep. If you find yourself restless in the early hours of the morning, go through this list until one of them works for you. Chances are, something will.

Try swallowing it

“I have a cup of Egyptian licorice mint tea, which in my opinion is not specifically made for sleep. I just like it because it’s so nice and warm and feels like the tea version of a weighted blanket. Then I put in my blackout curtains. “-Alena King, art director

“My friend bought a bottle of Nature Made Magnesium to help with anxiety, and when I noticed the bottle in our bathroom and saw” Muscle Relax “on the label, I took one. This stuff has helped me fall asleep like nothing else I’ve tried, probably because I have a lot of stress on my neck, shoulders, and hips. (Which doesn’t help if you’re trying to fall asleep.) I take one about an hour before bed. “- Elly Penning, Associate Manager, Email Marketing

“I drink Sleepytime Tea about 20 minutes before bed. It’s a combination of chamomile and spearmint, and besides being delicious, it calms my anxious brain. I watch Sex and the City repeat until I get tired, and then when I’m ready for bed, I count everything I’m grateful for instead of counting sheep. Soon … “- Kassina Correa, Associate Manager, Performance Marketing

Or upset your brain

“I’m guaranteed to fall asleep within 15 minutes of reading a book (on paper or on my Kindle). Some books I’ve read and loved this year are Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman, The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger, and a great Nordic noir thriller called The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen. I’m reading L’Anomalie by Hervé le Tellier, who won the Goncourt Prize for Literature. “—Roxane Cosnard des Closets, Manager, Financial Systems

“When I can’t fall asleep, I keep a journal. I usually just go through my day and write down everything that happened, even small details. The more I think and have to remember, the more tired I get. I recently had a lot of emotional unpacking and writing my thoughts down is so exhausting that I get tired within 10 minutes. If ever I have a super boring or uneventful day, Suleika Jaouad’s newsletter sends daily journaling calls created by her and guest contributors to encourage journaling more, especially through isolation! “- Bianca Garcia, Social Media Associate

Hit play on some soothing sounds

“I found these videos in my YouTube recommendations and happened to start watching them. I honestly have limited knowledge of the Creator – I know she is a designer based in Japan, but that’s about it. She publishes silent vlogs such as cooking and fixing broken bowls, and I find her very relaxing to watch before bed. I save it to see one a day as it doesn’t have many episodes. “- Iris Liu, Senior Accountant

“I have been using TV or radio sounds to fall asleep since I was 10 or 11, so it’s pretty Pavlovian to me. Netflix plays like a podcast when I watch it on my iPad – I have other streaming platforms, but they’re not that good for sleeping in in my opinion. I put on a show I’ve already seen, close the suitcase to make it dark and hide it under my pillow. I used to play West Wing or The Office, but now that they’re no longer on Netflix, I go with Schitt’s Creek. “- Emily Ferber, Brand Strategy

“Usually the Great British Bake Off is enough to get me to sleep, but I feel really restless at night. YouTube ASMR can always take me there. I go straight to Karuna Satori who I stumbled upon a few years ago and try to find a makeup, hair, or personal attention video. At first glance, it seems really weird – there’s a lot of whispering, mouth buzzing, and knocking. But you will know it works when you feel a tingly feeling in the back of your mind. After a few minutes, my eyelids become heavy and I find it difficult to hold them up. Then I pass out. Once my phone screen expires it will turn off for the night. “- Ali Oshinsky, Associate Editor

“Headspace was originally a meditation and mindfulness app, but in the last six months they’ve really stepped up their play in the bedroom! I love the Headspace Desert Campfire Sleepcast which is a guided settlement with someone speaking. There are several exercises to keep you from getting bored – last night it was a breathing exercise, the night before it was a visualization. And the Ocean Dock Soundscape makes me forget that I’m in a tiny apartment with no nature! Most of the noises last 45 minutes, which is enough for me – I have never been woken up by noises once I fell asleep. But if you’re into sound all night, there are other recordings that run for up to 500 minutes. I broadcast them on my Sonos on my phone, but when I’m not home I just play them on my phone. “- Emma-Jane Leung, Special Projects

The full Monty

“I had really severe insomnia and talked a lot with my primary care provider about good sleep hygiene. My bedtime ritual is very important. I try to keep everything as consistent as possible – brushing my teeth / washing my face at the same time, trying to sleep at the same time. Then I do a 5-10 minute sleep meditation with the Peloton app. I really love the instructor Anna Greenberg – her voice is soooo soothing. I turn my phone over and when the meditation is over it just turns off. When I find myself throwing and turning around, I don’t get back to electronics. I get up and go into the living room and do something (read on my Kindle, meditate more, listen to white noise, or other calming music) until I’m ready. I just want to be in bed to sleep so my body knows it’s not a place to hang out. And when I really can’t sleep, I take Unisom or ZzzQuil. “- Sara Craun, HRBP for Tech & Growth

And the last-ditch fail-safe

“I count back from 100 and every time I mess up or lose track of where I am, I start over. I usually don’t make it past the mid 70’s! “- Elizabeth Sotchko, GTEAM supervisor

Photo via ITG

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