I've had problems sleeping for as long as I can remember and this has made it
hard for me to keep my brain functioning properly and getting me addicted to
solutions like Hot Chocolate with Caffeine and/or Coffee to keep me up for as
long as needed for work.
While this was getting me through the day with enough productivity, there's
always times where I wish I could just fall asleep but then I have a startup job
that needs me to be there for a decent number of hours before I can give myself
the permission to fall on the bed.
That said, the past few months during the lockdown made it worse. You see, when
I had to go to the office there was a perfect schedule that I had to follow and
I'd be tired by the travelling so I'd normally fall asleep somehow by 2 - 3 AM
but since there's no such physical effort required and I literally just roll
over my bed to reach my workstation it's hardly any tiring even after 8-10 hours
of continuous work.
The solutions I see all over the place are the likes of
While they all do work in one way or the other because to sleep you gotta get
comfortable, your body needs to feel like it needs rest but the devices , white
noise aren't something that helped me. Might work for you, but didn't work for
me. I ended up trying things I used to do as a kid when I couldn't sleep.
These are things I tried that worked sometimes but not every time.
I haven't recorded the events of the day so can't really confirm why and when
Now this, probably the most simplest and obvious thing for most of you but with
a head like mine where you are constantly bombarded with memories, issues,
possible bug fixes and project ideas, regrets and theoretical analysis and their
results. It's kinda hard (no i'm no smarty pants, I just think a lot).
I applied something I do for getting rid of or getting into a habit, conscious
Let me explain.
When trying to learn something or trying to get rid of a habit you have to
consciously tell yourself that you are to avoid or do this thing. If i'm
learning a new language, I'm to force myself to talk in that language. If
learning a programming langugage, same applies, force myself to build something
Though, you can't force yourself to sleep but the point of all the tips
mentioned is to get yourself physically and mentally comfortable and calm.
Yeah, I know, meditation is the best solution for that but, It doesn't
always work for everyone.
For certain people getting rid of the thoughts needs you to go through them, for
some people it's just focusing on their breath, for some it's forgetting the
present and living in the white noise and while you can call it meditation cause
I still follow the base principle of redirecting the focus to something else
it's a little different than your conventional meditation.
The trick is to shift focus to a blank or shift your thoughts to plain
nothingness, not my breath, not the story a meditation guru is narrating, nor
trying to listen to white noise. Just blank out!
I don't know... I don't even think I can explain it properly but I'll give it a
Let's say I'm thinking about a project, the features I'd like, the issues it'll
bring, the things that can go totally wrong, the amount of time it'd take for me
to perfect it the amount of research I have to do, and you can see the fall
towards the negative, normally at this point you go towards a, "Forget it"
and try imagining a blank black view, there's nothing there, no project, no
humans, no positive, no negative nothing and apparently this relaxes your body
There's no tension in the shoulder, the legs stop shaking, my fingers stops
typing in the air (Yes, I do this) but not on the first go obviously.
My brain is notorious enough to take me back to something else, like how I fell
off the stairs while trying to impress a girl or how I botched a deployment and
almost broke the entire code flow, it's all there in my memory and it keeps
coming back and I guess it happens to the most of us considering the amount of
memes this topic has. All I have to do is repeat the process, go back to blank.
The amount of time you have to stay in the blank depends on how the day went,
too much on your mind? Will take a little longer than 10-15 mins. Tiring day?
You might just fall asleep on the first transition. It really differs, even for
me but it's better than not sleeping at all, or sleeping at 6 and waking up at 9
to start working again.