7 Brilliant Ways to Get Back to Sleep in the Middle of the Night

Sniff some lavender

Lavender helps calm you, according to The Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research.

Take a shower

If you're awake at night, dial down the thermostat, take a warm shower, and go back to bed. 

Don't check time

Nighttime clock checks are enticing. The Mayo Clinic says that watching the clock may cause stress and disrupt sleep.

Blow bubbles

As a form of breathing exercise, bubble-blowing can help calm your nerves and get you ready for sleep again.


Try the 4-7-8 method

Touch your tongue to the upper front tooth tissue. Whoosh after exhaling. Stop chatting. Nose-breathing for four seconds. Breath hold for 7 seconds.

Get frisky

If you share a bed with someone, snuggle close. Sex improves sleep. Sex also lowers cortisol, which may help you go asleep.

Cut your losses

It's better to skip sleep an hour or two before getting up. Use that time for something you rarely have time for.



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