I've never been one of those people who struggles with sleeping. Rarely will stress or anything keep me awake at night. If I'm awake late, it's because I'm still up, scrolling through twitter, typing out blog posts or obsessing over a painting too late. Maybe I sleep well because I'm in a constant state of tiredness, or maybe it's because I've got this sleep thing down. Either way, I've got some tips for you that help me sleep through my noisy neighbours.
Get This Sleep App
Andrew Johnson is king. I don't know how or where I found out about this app, but I love it. Any time I feel like it might take me more than 10 seconds to fall asleep, I fire up the Deep Sleep app and the soothing, Neil Oliver-esque Scottish accent sends me off to sleep. It's a meditation track in which the glorious Andrew instructs you into sleep slowly until your mind wanders and you drop off. I paid for the full version, though there is a free one, as it has perks like being able to skip the long introduction, and tell it to let you stay asleep rather than bringing you back to waking.
Even if you think meditation is kooky, there's nothing 'spiritual' about this, it's just super relaxing and helps you forget about your yelling neighbours.
Download Free Audiobook Classics
So, on the same listening-wavelength as the previous point, I also find it incredibly relaxing and sleep-inducing to listen to audiobooks in bed. I discovered this as a young child when I tried to listen to a Terry Pratchett audiobook (on tape!) before bed, and had to set it back to the beginning three times before giving up.
You can find a lot of free audiobooks of the classics for ipods, pads, etc. It took me about 5 months to actually get through Jane Austen's Emma with any clue what was going on as I would only get a short while in before I dropped off. I have also heard of people having the same 'problem' (blessing?) with podcasts.
I think, in the same vein as the deep sleep app, it is the repetitive, semi-monotonous sound of human voices that lulls us to sleep , just like when you fall asleep on the phone to someone. (Just me? Ok.)
This is a new one, but it certainly helps. For times when you don't really care what's happening on Britain's Got Talent, but your neighbour seems to think you do. This is especially good for neighbours who are rude/scary or like to have Who Can Be The Loudest competitions. Just block 'em out.
Read A Book
Okay so this is an obvious one, but it works. Sometimes a really thrilling book will have the complete opposite effect (and have me powering through the tiredness to find out what happens) but in general, lying in bed on my back, lights dimmed, is a sure fire way to get the heavy eyelids.
Eliminate Technology from your Routine
I don't personally do this myself (hence the podcasts and audiobooks and apps) but I've heard a lot of advice about removing non-sleep stuff from your 'sleeping area'. For some that could be not taking your phone to bed, for others it could be removing anything that is not relevant to sleeping from your room. Perhaps if all else fails, this is worth a try.
Do you have any good sleep tips? Let me know!