10 Fun things to do when you can’t sleep

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On average, it takes about 14 minutes to fall asleep. If you find yourself awake well past 14 minutes, you might as well maximize that extra time.

The fact is, everyone has problems falling asleep occasionally. While you’re making good use of your extra time, make sure to reflect on your day to identify some of the reasons you are staying awake. Did you sleep in too much on the weekend? Are you tossing and turning because of hip or shoulder pain? Drink a bit too much caffeine? A little stressed out or had a lot on your mind? Been sleeping on the same old lumpy mattress for the past decade?

Whatever is keeping you up at night, check out these 10 fun and productive things to do when you can’t sleep.

  • Clean the house

    Sometimes when you can’t sleep, it’s because you have a lot on your mind and just need to get your mind off whatever that is. Cleaning helps bring order to your surroundings—a step in helping you clear your mind.

  • Finish your project

    Ever start a project but not finish it? Having an unfinished project lurking in the recesses of your mind can cause stress. If you can’t get to sleep, try wrapping up something you have haven’t finished. The satisfaction of checking an item off your list can help bring on a sense of calm.

  • Read a book

    Whether you prefer reading on your phone, tablet, or a good old paperback, reading is an ultimate escape. You may want to read about a historic period, a destination you’d love to visit, or just a cheesy summer romance. No matter what the content, your mind will be taken away from whatever is keeping you awake.

  • Watch a TV show or movie

    Not in the mood to read? Another option to get your mind on something else is to watch a short documentary or silly show. It might be just what you need to get some shut-eye!

  • Check out social media

    Everyone these days has a preferred social media platform, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, or something else. Many people say they don’t sleep because of all of the hours they log on these platforms. We say embrace your social media when you can’t get to sleep. Write something positive on someone’s wall or like a picture someone posted on Instagram. A small good deed can go a long way!

  • Write in a journal

    Sometimes getting your thoughts on paper helps you get things off your mind. In fact, studies have shown that writing in a journal can reduce anxiety, help you fall asleep faster, and help you sleep better. Learn more about the benefits of journaling before bedtime.

    Journals can be kept online these days with private blogs and journal websites. Or go retro and get a journal with a lock and key paired with a fancy pen. Whatever you choose, keep it by your bed so you can jot down thoughts and free your mind.

  • Organize something

    Is your shoe rack, closet, or bookcase as organized as you would like it? If not, go ahead and take this time while you can’t sleep and organize it. Storing off-season clothes and organizing your closet by color can make getting ready in the morning easier which will allow you to sleep in a bit longer. And a well-organized bookcase can pique your interest in books to read next time you are up late!

  • Listen to music

    Lull your mind with some of your favorite music. Music can be listened to when you are trying to fall asleep and you don’t want to be active. Lying in bed listening to your favorite tunes can relax you, making it easier to fall asleep. Or, to learn more about the sleep benefits of scientifically-composed music, check out the Sleep Genius Smart Base.

  • Make a to-do-list

    We all have tasks floating around our minds that we worry we’ll forget about and won’t get done. Writing them down in a to-do list brings a sense of comfort that nothing will slip through the cracks. Completing the tasks and actively checking them off the list will bring a sense of accomplishment and reduce stress.

  • Research mattresses

    Is your lumpy old mattress causing you to toss and turn from back, hip, or shoulder pain? The ideal mattress will provide you with the firm back support you need and the soft and comfortable pressure point relief your body craves. Combined with a cool sleep experience, you have a recipe for restful and restorative sleep.

Now that you’ve seen our top 10 fun things to do when you can’t sleep, explore the wide variety of Intellibed mattresses featuring revolutionary Gel Matrix® to find your ideal sleep solution.