Struggling to get to sleep sucks right? Lying in bed staring into the darkness and… nothing! If I’m struggling to get to sleep but it’s not working – getting up and tiring myself out usually does the trick.
I’ve listed 15 things to do when you’re bored at night, which will hopefully help you drift off to sleep.
I’ve noticed I find it difficult to get to sleep when the clocks change as my body is still adjusting to the new time.
Yes, it’s only an hour, but it makes a difference!
And if they don’t, at least you’ve been productive!
1. Light Reading
Now I’m not saying read all the Harry Potter novels in one night, but some light reading will take your mind off not being able to sleep.
If you’re like me and don’t have many books at home there are other options:
- Amazon Audible
- Google books
2. Browse Pinterest
This is probably what I do the most when I’m bored at night.
I swear, most of my great finds for inspiration for my blog, Pinterest or Instagram comes from me browsing at night.
AKA when I’m not actually looking for anything.
Try saving these in a private folder to refer back to in the morning. I always have some great finds!
If you’re like me and enjoy writing, then this is a great way to pass some time.
I find writing very therapeutic. If I have a lot on my mind, writing it down actually helps me sleep. Like I’m emptying my thoughts and feelings onto the paper or laptop.
You can either blog on your laptop/phone or write in a journal. I personally like writing everything on my laptop.
I personally use Penzu to write all my journals.
4. Go for a bath
I find baths so relaxing. I swear I could fall asleep in one.
If you’re tense, a hot bath will release the tension in your muscles and make it easier to sleep.
Get some bubble bath in and some candles lit.
You’ll be sleepy in no time.
5. Listen to music
This is what I mainly do if I am bored at night, plugging some headphones in does the trick for me.
Of course, this is dependant on the music you are listening to.
I would recommend creating a playlist of chill music that you can pop on when you’re not feeling tired. Spotify and Apple music also have their own pre-populated playlists if you’re not sure what to listen to.
I didn’t realise adult colouring was a thing until I purchased a colouring book from Tesco’s for five pounds and a pack of pens.
I was amused and content for hours.
If you’re struggling to sleep because your mind is busy, I would recommend colouring. This allowed me to concentrate on something other than overthinking.
7. Self Care
Why not paint your nails or brush through your hair.
Having my hair brushed makes me very sleepy, so this is a great trick for me when I can get Lyle to do it.
Taking the time to self-love and care can make the difference and mellow you out. There are loads of things you can do:
|Skin Care Routine|
|Brush your hair|
|Paint your nails|
|Put on fake tan (means it can set overnight)|
8. Watch a movie
Now I’m not saying watch an action-packed and adventure movie.
Something chill and an “easy watch”
I tend to watch things I’ve already seen before, so that I am not scared to miss a section as I already know what’s happened.
9. Write your goals
I’ve only started doing this recently and it really helps keep me on track. I have this on a wall next to my bed.
This is the first thing I see when I wake up and the last thing I see when I go to bed.
Writing down your goals and imaging yourself completing them helps with manifesting.
If you’re struggling to sleep and want to be pro-active, try cleaning.
This could be as small as a drawer to a whole room, depending on how tired you are.
This again relates back to clearing your mind if it’s too busy.
11. Make tea
I feel like tea makes everything better.
Are you tired? Tea. Are you happy? Tea. Are you upset? Tea.
I’ve listed below five Teas that will help you sleep.
12. Breathing techniques
If you’re struggling to sleep but you NEED to get up early. I would recommend breathing techniques.
Nothing fancy is needed here, the simpler it is, the better it works.
Breathe in for 5 and out for 4.
Clear your mind and make a point of clearing your mind. Getting rid of unnecessary thoughts will help you sleep.
An empty mind is best.
Puzzles are a great distraction and also great for tiring out your mind.
You can get a puzzle book for two to three pounds out of any supermarket.
If you don’t have a puzzle book lying around, then you can use online.
This ties in with the breathing techniques. You can combine the two together.
All you need to do is find a quiet spot in your house, can’t imagine it will be difficult during the night.
If you’re new to meditation, there are loads of resources out there.
I’ve linked Improvement Pill as I find their videos informative but also easy to watch with the animation.
If you’re really struggling with getting to sleep but you’re bored at night.
It doesn’t need to be a half marathon run, but something to tire your mind and body out.
This would benefit both aspects as exercising is a great way to clear your head of busy and unwanted thoughts and will also tire your body.
Struggling to sleep sucks, but making use of the time – if you have the energy – it can help melt away the frustration.
I’ve tried to list things to do to when you’re struggling to sleep but also when you’re bored at night.
Remember, try and get your seven-hour (minimum) sleep as it will make all the difference to your day.