Insomnia Cures: 5 Things That Can Help You Go to Sleep

Are you often up late at night, just staring at the ceiling and hoping to eventually fall into a deep sleep? Do you often wake up cranky and disoriented, feeling like you didn’t sleep at all? If you’re among the roughly 40% of Americans who experience symptoms of insomnia, you know the feeling. However, there’s hope. If you’ve been having trouble getting quality sleep, there are some activities that can help you drift off to dreamland and stay there for longer than three or four hours at a time (hint: it doesn’t involve counting sheep).

Here a few activities that may help you get a good night’s sleep — and hopefully get rid of those dark circles under your eyes.

1. Sex

Couple smiling in bed

The hanky-panky can put you right to sleep. | iStock.com

If you’ve been neglecting the horizontal polka, it’s time to get it on. It’s generally easier to sleep after sex because your body is usually in a more relaxed state. This is because the hormone prolactin is released following orgasm, which induces feelings of relaxation and sleepiness, according to Dr. Sheenie Ambardar in an interview with WebMD.