What do you use to fall asleep? A fan, radio, TV, medications, warm milk?

United States
February 3, 2007 3:29pm CST
Many people have what are known as sleep rituals, things they do to fall asleep. Perhaps if everyone shares their ritual, others who are having difficulty sleeping may see something that will work for them! What is your sleep ritual?
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I have to have the room cold. I have the ac on in the summer and fan the rest of the time. I like to have a warm blanket though. I just want the air to be cold. I have to have my arms near my body with my elbows bent I don't know why but my arms cannot be out of the blanket. I have this thing about a bug or spider, a fly anything might touch me when I'm asleep...lol When I get in bed I have to lay on my right side for a while...till it feels right, then I roll over to my left side and fall asleep. If I don't fall asleep, I have to roll back to my right side and start the process over again. Now sometimes this is really bad because I have restless leg syndrome. But not all the time. The times that I do can be shear torture. I can't just go to my left side and go to sleep, I've tried the more I try not to do it the less sleep I get. I've experimented because it irks me. lol
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Gosh mari, the more we 'talk' the more I realize we have in common. I too, splept with a fan for years, partly for noise but because I loved the airflow. I have to have a cool room too but yet want to feel the weight of all the blankets! As for the arms under the covers, yup! And, I can't let one hang over the side of the bed either! I hate that you have to withstand teh restless legs syndorme, I fortunately do not have that, my husband does! Many nights he ends up in the guest room...as he is keeping us both awake!
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
I don't want to tell!!! Fine you talked me into it. Our ritual is to read in bed for a bit. This zonks my husband out, but he is a light sleeper. I tried one of those book lights but it was too bright and woke him up. SOOOOOO.....I pull the sheets part way over my head and I play solitaire on my cell phone. Are you satisfied? This is really embarrassing.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
that is what my son does when I tell him to go to bed! I go back and ease open the door and he has his cell phone under the covers playing games....or worse yet, talking to his girlfriend. Sadly, it is now confiscated by mom at midnight. He gets it back in the mornings.
@finlander60 (1776)
• United States
6 Feb 07
My wife and I prefer a warm bed. We found a heated mattress cover at J.C.Penney's. One of us will turn it on a couple of hours before we plan on going to bed. We only use this in the winter. We both feel better with a cool temperature in the room. In the summer we use the overhead fan for movement, while each of us has a small fan at mattress level. I hope this is helpful to everyone who needs it.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I usually read a book for a half hour or so then I watch something on tv and then fall asleep. I've never really needed anything to fall asleep.
• Canada
4 Feb 07
I suffer from chronic insomnia so i wsa taking sleeping medication for 2 years. I found that they made me sleepy and groggy all day and i couldn't do anything but lie on the couch all day so i stoped taking them. now i still barely sleep but at least i'm up during the day. anyway now i fall asleep to the tv.
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• United States
3 Feb 07
i have to have dark and quite. i lie there and my mind always starts to wonder so I think about my "quite place" and concentrate on it. I MAKE my mind stay there or else I will be up all night thinking about what I need to do the next day. LOL
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• United States
3 Feb 07
I usually watch TV in order to fall asleep. I need some sort of noise, and the television always seems to work the best.
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@tabyorky (281)
4 Feb 07
I usually have the television on and read a book or play sudoku, and these usually help me fall asleep fairly fast.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I keep a sudoku book in the bedside table for sleepless nights. Sometimes doing a puzzle makes me tired, but other times, I get tired but fight the tired feeling because I am determined to figure the d@mn puzzle out!! so it sometimes has the opposite effect on me!
@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
4 Feb 07
Usually I am so tired that I fall asleep as soon as I lay down. If I can not, bcaus eI am nervous, I take in one or two Valerianas.
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@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
4 Feb 07
correct: lie down
@estherlou (5026)
• United States
4 Feb 07
We always have the ceiling fan on...helps drown out sound. Also...hubby snores big time, so I have the radio on most of the night to help drown him out. At least it gives me something else to concentrate on besides listening to him snore! LOL Now, if I was sitting in the living room in front of the tv, I'd fall asleep real easy.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Yes, I'll fall asleep in the den watching TV, get up and go to bed and toss and turn for hours! I should just keep a blanket and alarm clock in the den and stay there!
• Canada
6 Feb 07
when i go to bed i call my boyfriend and say goodnite to him, then i usually put on Family Guy dvd or American dad (or ne movie)and watch it till i go to sleep, thats wat works for me :)
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@cabergren (1182)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Lately I have some stress in my life. So I got these relaxation CDs. They are about 30 minutes in length but I never actually make to the end. I usually fall asleep about 10 to 15 minutes into each one. They reall help me fall asleep and stay asleep. I feel great the next day.
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• Australia
4 Feb 07
I either watch tv or listen to the radio. I haven't had the radio on in a while lately, so I've had a lot of trouble sleeping. But yeah, the radio always helped me fall asleep.
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4 Feb 07
When I sleep in my bed it is usually the tv until I am just nodding off and then I have switch it off. When late night live cricket is on Sky, I sleep on the sofa and fall asleep to this. If I am having real trouble I play a cd "Sleep like a log" and I am gone in seconds, but my partner usually wakes me up at the end of it to complain it kept him awake. However, my main ritual is to stay up sooo late I fall into bed around 2:00 am and crash out in seconds after realising I only have 5 hrs sleep!!! This is one I am finding hard to break.
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@lkbooi (16104)
• Malaysia
4 Feb 07
Before i go to bed i must make sure that: 1.i'm not hungry 2. swich on the fan/air con 3.playing non stop music. So 1 or 2 hours before go to bed i have to take some food/drinks like a piece of cake, a slice of toast or bread or a small glass of warm milk/honey to make sure that i m not hungry. i can't sleep without switching on the table fan. If the temperature is above 29 degree C i usually swith on the air con. Normally weather in the tropical country is rather hot. i subscribe a 24 hours radio music service programme 'opus' so the whole nite i can enjoy with the classical.
@delina123 (2455)
• Canada
4 Feb 07
Most times its the radio or just nothing at all.
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@waynet (2650)
3 Feb 07
Thinking of sleeping with my wife makes me fall asleep.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Thankfully, I don't have a ritual at this point. It is easy for me to fall asleep because I just do naturally.
@superchook (1786)
• Australia
5 Feb 07
I don't need anything to fall asleep, I also prefer it to be quiet. My children like the sound of a fan going and when winter comes, it is hard to get them out of that habit.