thank god for the mythbusters though because it used to be that whenever i knew i had insomnia i’d just kind of accept it and stay up doing whatever until my morning classes and spend the day feeling like shit

but then they did an episode where they established that even just fucking laying there for a half hour, not even sleeping just laying there and not even for an hour, makes a significant difference and you’ll feel way better

it has made a huge difference in my life to know that it’s okay if i can’t fall asleep, it takes a lot of the pressure off and ironically helps me fall asleep better

…i did not know this, thank you

If anyone wants to look it up, the episode was specifically the Deadliest Catch crossover ep, and the myth was that it’s better/safer when working a 30 hour shift to take a 20 minute nap every six hours rather than try to power through. They did an obstacle course test, one without naps and one with, and even though they couldn’t even sleep half the time the naps resulted in their scores doubling.

So actually I undersold it, even if it’s 7:40 and your alarm goes off at 8 just lie down and shut your eyes and it will still be better than nothing

This is what my mom always tells me: “You’ll rest even when you’re just lying down”. Good to know for everyone who has problems sleeping. 

This is really important to remember!!

if you learn nothing else from following me, learn this.

I’ll also add: you can train yourself to be better at napping. Set an alarm for 12, 22, or 30 minutes. Lay there the entire time, whether or not you sleep. When it goes off, get up, no matter what. You’ll eventually train yourself to understand that you can relax and sleep for those few minutes (and yes, 12 minutes can still help). SUPER IMPORTANT: get up when the alarm goes off. If you sleep longer than 30 minutes at a time, you can enter a different stage of sleep and then you’ll have that dreaded sleep paralysis when you get up, when your legs are 1,000 pounds and your head is stuffed with grass clippings.