How do you fall asleep fast when you are not tired?
Try abdominal breathing, yogic pranayam, or a one-minute breathing exercise.
Close your eyes and focus on the breath falling in and out of your body. As you do this, picture each part of your body relaxing, one at a time. Focusing on your body will keep you from thinking about anything else from the outside world.
Or... if you've never done any meditation before, try these tricks instead:
Get some exercise at least 3 hours before bed.
Go for a run, hit up the gymtake a long walk, or do some stretches to help you get your heart rate going before you ease into bed. This will work out your body and will make you more tired; doing this at least 3 hours before bed will keep your adrenaline from pumping right before bedtime and keeping you awake. If you work out shortly before bed, then you will feel more awake than ever.
Drink cherry juice.
Another option is to snack on a variety of other foods that are rich in melatonin, which is known to help you to feel sleepy and drift off more quickly.
Curl your toes.
When you get in bed, curl your toes upward for a few seconds, relax them, and then repeat. This can help you relax your mind and body, so performing a series of 10 of these if you are feeling way too alert for your own good can help you fall asleep when you are not tired.
Drink herbal tea.
Herbal tea, whether it is chamomile or peppermint, has been shown to calm your body and mind and to help you feel tired and relaxed. Have a cup 1 to 2 hours before bed; you do not want to drink too much liquid right before bed or you will be more likely to have to get up to urinate in the middle of the night. If you make a cup of herbal tea part of your pre-bed routine, this will help you fall asleep even faster.
Try taking a magnesium supplement.
Taking a magnesium supplement may also help you to feel more relaxed. Being deficient in magnesium can contribute to mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Try taking a daily 400 mg supplement of magnesium and see if that helps you.