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.

Friday - - Horoscopes -

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.

Kevin Hen­son

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.

Pe­hal Pan­jwani

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.

Sibi Joice

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.

Ki­ran Alphonso

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.

Sarah Ronad

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!

Suzy Sassi

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.

Al­lie R

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.

Manideepa Baidya

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.

Shivika Priyadarshi

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

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