By Rebekah Smith
Bad days happen. Work was stressful, there was too much homework, too much anxiety. And that’s why many of us, when we get home, are ready to just start winding down with a good ol’ tapping video. It’s simple, and it’s useful. It feels nice. But what happens if the the tingles are a little less strong today? Or maybe your stress is a little too strong today? What then? Well, that’s when it’s time to break out The Perfect ASMR Evening.
It’s simple. You tackle all five senses.
Vision? Dim lighting. Not DARK lighting. Dim lighting. Set the mood.
Smell? Incense. Scented candles. Glade plug-in. Choose something soothing. Maybe sandalwood or jasmine?
Touch? Get in some really comfy pajamas, and build yourself a little fluffy nest of awesome. Is it too warm? Strip off those sweats and find yourself a fan. Our bodies need to be slightly cool, regardless of weather, to help us fall asleep faster. (Hot showers may be relaxing, but they will make your body take longer to drift off, because it has to cool you down again.)
Taste? Get yourself a cup of tea. I would suggest herbal tea, as it is decaffeinated. In particular, you should try Tension Tamer. It’s a lot stronger than Sleepytime tea, and it’s pretty tasty. It even has catnip in it. You can’t tell me that’s not fantastic. While we’re on the subject, avoid caffeine entirely for a few hours before bed at least. Caffeine has a half-life of 5-6 hours, which is the amount of time it takes your body to eliminate half of the substance.
Sound? Get that ASMR going. Once you have it playing, keep the screens dim, or away from your face entirely. That screen is going to keep you awake.
The best way to help you fall asleep on time is if you can start the winding down process an hour or more before you need to be in bed. Super safe would be starting two or three hours before, but we all know that’s not always possible.
During that winding down time, don’t be watching really stimulating videos (fast-paced, aggressive, keeping you awake kind of videos, like movies, comedy, or vlogs) or listening to really fast-paced music. Keep your screens dimmed and transition to getting them out of your face as fast as possible. For me, it helps to switch to writing in my diary, as seeing a physical page is more relaxing then staring into the blinding void of my phone screen.
This is the best combination of things I’ve found to help me fall asleep on a night where everything is against me doing so. Not all of this will be necessary every night, but worth thinking about if you have consistent problem falling asleep. Thinking about those habits before bed and changing them up can make a huge difference. (I used to have severe insomnia, and since doing all of this, I don’t have problems anymore and haven’t for a year and a half now. All of this is often called “sleep hygiene”, which you can learn more about here and here, if you wish.
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