Share you thoughts, anecdotes, views or stories on each week’s subject. Last week we asked: What do you do to fall asleep? Here are your replies.
I switch off my iPhone an hour before bed; the TV too. Sit and listen to soft music. Works for me. Music goes on a timer for 15 mins and I fall asleep before it’s over.
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.
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, and then sip 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 a few drops of cologne. I wipe my face, hands and feet then apply the light
lotion to prevent my skin from drying – it also helps with a good sleep. 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, I am ready to welcome the day with a fresh smile. Archana Sen
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.
I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. But on the rare occasions that I can’t sleep I practise a yoga pranayama [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. I’ve helped many friends adopt this and they now swear by it.
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
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’m ready to snooze. 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 – I have even mastered the art of sleeping with my eyes open.
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!
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
I’m so tried when I return from work that I easily get a sound sleep.
Sheena Jishu Thomas
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.
I’ve tried two things and got results already. 1. I tried to make myself tired by taking a 30-minute walk. 2. Having a glass of lukewarm water with one tablespoon of good quality honey. I also tried blinking my eyes 100 times. It’s said it will make your eyes tired so that you will fall asleep, but trust me – it did not work for me.
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
Being a med student, I get from three to six hours of sleep a day during weekdays, so when the weekend comes I treat myself 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
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.
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
I read any article, news, book 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
I read a paperback to sleep. Eric Vergara