Often a lot of these posts end up treating insomnia, but I am not going that far. Just that inability to get to sleep when you know it counts the most. Days at home, nothing to do the next day, no fires to put out, 8 hours comes quite easily.
Give me a trip with a stressful, maxed out day, where 8 hours would make life so much easier, and I seem to miss out.
The usuals, limit caffeine, alcohol, keep a good schedule, limite e - devices, and a dark, cool room certainly help. Also, refusing to look at the clock to do "sleep math" also has helped tremendously.
I'm wondering if anyone else encounters this and has a good way to combat it.
I actually find that using e-devices and/or reading when I really can't sleep can be more helpful that "trying" to fall asleep when it's clearly not happening.
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Some of those blue blocker sun glasses an hour before bed, a blue filter for your smart phone, or even "notched" light bulbs may be a huge help. The studies are fairly new, but they seem to suggest that our bodies stop fighting cancer when we see certain lighting during the night time.
The Nature of Things did a great episode on this. http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/lights-out
Something I've had some decent results from is listening to ASMR before bed. Its weird hippy dippy stuff but try it to see if it helps. I like the gentle tapping sounds, feels like a gentle scalp massage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWVmbq9ylp0 is an example of one.