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Video: Tips to Fall Asleep from Happify

I've read thousands, if not tens of thousands, of articles related to sleep, relaxation, meditation, and stress. Sleeplessness and chronic insomnia run in my family and it has always been a subject of intrigue for me.

Suffice to say, after a while, many articles will dispense the (or pretty much) same sage advises. I am also not immune to the effects of this insidious condition myself, although, for most parts of my life, I am better envied for being a log sleeper.

  • Switch off the lights
  • Relax and tune out one hour before bed time
  • No drinks - alcohol, coffee, tea or whatever EXCEPT chamomile tea or something equivalent
  • No more Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email
  • In fact, put your phone away. Far, far, FAR away from your bed
  • Light scented candles
  • If you have time, meditate for around 20 minutes to an hour
  • Read a book...the PAPER kind
  • Listen to relaxing music, preferably jazz, new age or meditation guide
  • Play sound of flowing streams, chirping birds, ringing gongs, water dripping in the distance, rain or a rain forest, etc
  • Count sheep, dogs, chickens, ducks, cats, Llamas...whatever....

While the medley of solutions above is known to work, they are never considered a panacea for sleeplessness. Well, nothing is.

I personally found this cute clip made by Happify a little different and I hope you find it somewhat helpful too if you often find yourself battling the diabolical sleep-robbing of peace demons.

I like it that it asked viewers to not FIGHT against the racing thoughts and instead, let it do what it's supposed to do, which is to race through your head. It wants to race, let it race. What we CAN do when they're done racing through, is to bring our thoughts gently back to the warm comfort of the tattered blankets wrapped around us, and the soothing purr of the air-conditioner in the room.

But that could be just me.

I thought this was good content and is NOT a sponsored one. In fact, I would have downloaded and used the Happify app if not for the fact that the free part of it was extremely limited (at the time I tried it), I was already using another app, and the cost of paying for Happify was hard to justify.

I might try it again.

Happy Friday, people of the world,
You've made it through another week, warriors of the world. Good job.

Practical advice for sleep by cute Koala from Happify


Thanks for sharing our video with your readers, Marsha! While the Happify app is freemium, there are 9 free tracks (each takes about a month to complete) where you can access the majority of activities for free, even as a non-paying member. Even when you hit a paywall, if you come back the next day, there will be other free activities open to you. Best of luck!

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