Proven Sleep Tips | How to Fall Asleep Faster | Doctor Mike

  • Published: 08 July 2018
  • Hey, guys! Today’s video, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated, is all about how you can get the best night’s sleep of your life aka some awesome sleep hacks!

    Many of you have been asking since the channel began for me to make a video that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Insomnia is a huge problem and I totally understand that. There are also a ton of how to fall asleep faster or how to stay asleep videos out there but I feel too many of them are not evidence-based nor even really expert based.

    These sleep routine tips and bedroom hacks, including swapping out synthetic for cotton sheets, will help you get the ZZZZZs you need to take on the day; and the best part is that the power to improve your sleep and beat your insomnia is right in your hands!

    Just so you know I can talk about sleep for hours so if there is a specific question of yours on sleep that has been left unanswered please jump into the comments section and I will do my best to respond right there or in my monthly responding to comments video!

    If you have a topic you would like for me to create a dedicated video on, please let me know because I take your requests seriously. We will be back with more Medical Drama Review Series in a couple of weeks so please submit more names of shows/episodes you'd like for me to watch. Love you all!

    - Doctor Mike Varshavski

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Comments • 6 262

  • Amos Raj Amos
    Amos Raj Amos  11 hours back

    2:13 lol

    • ngọc nguyễn
      ngọc nguyễn  1 days back

      If I just have a 5h30' sleep per night and wake up early to hit to the gym with a little bit tired, what would happen? Is it bad? Thank you 😊😊😊

      • Orr Levy-Yurista
        Orr Levy-Yurista  2 days back

        I sleep about 9-10-11 hours a night

        • Heather Barnwell
          Heather Barnwell  2 days back

          I really recommend bamboo sheets as an alternative to cotton. They're hypoallergenic and very cool to sleep on. They feel wonderful as well!

          • Thunder Life
            Thunder Life  3 days back

            lol YouTube recommendations trying to be disrespectful

            • Stacey Calder
              Stacey Calder  3 days back

              You can put your phone on airplane mode

              • Mathias Frandsen
                Mathias Frandsen  3 days back

                You should do this. When you're tired and come home from work, 2 hours before bed do some push ups 3 sets and then relax the way you want with tea or whayever.

                • I eat food cos if I didn't I would die george

                  I have a cup of tea every night before bed and it helps me go to sleep

                  • Jay Extarys
                    Jay Extarys  3 days back

                    You should do a video about ME/CFS and Sleep or insomnia. XD
                    I'm here to look for tips about sleep paralysis :P

                    • Mallotron Gaming
                      Mallotron Gaming  3 days back

                      How many hours do you study!!

                      • Will G
                        Will G  3 days back

                        lucky i use android

                        • purplesh c
                          purplesh c  3 days back

                          Mike: Don't use electric before going to bed
                          Me:What I have a electric bed 😎

                          • fantastic metro
                            fantastic metro  4 days back

                            number one: watch Doctor Mike's youtube videos, but not before going bed.

                            • Osmond Dsilva
                              Osmond Dsilva  4 days back

                              Beyond sleep hygiene! 
                              Points to note:

                              1. mattress topper - get this for softness,

                              2. no drinking water after 7 pm - to avoid getting up to the toilet,

                              3. take 5-HTP & Valerian - to get you to sleep easily,

                              4. take curcumin (turmeric)  - to calm pain/inflammation,  

                              5. take magnesium - for crams & muscle spasm. 


                              • Cursed Veronica
                                Cursed Veronica  5 days back

                                You know you are the reason why I cant sleep at night

                                • m. j exploration
                                  m. j exploration  5 days back

                                  Insomnia paired with adrenal fatigue syndrome is so much FUN I wanna jump out of my skin. Yipee. Thanks for the protips. My one cat sleeps by my feet the other one has her own fusion and blanket above my own cushion so my feet technically hang of the bed and it s a queen sized.

                                  • BLANK
                                    BLANK  5 days back

                                    I am watching now because I can't sleep.

                                    • Sarah White
                                      Sarah White  6 days back

                                      I think sleeping with pets depends on the pet and the person... whenever i have my dog sleep in my bed with me I actually sleep better but my step dads dog moves all the time and wakes up super early

                                      • Flyingbuffaloman
                                        Flyingbuffaloman  6 days back

                                        Is there evidence supporting cotton sheets or did they just pay you 🤔

                                        • Estrella Puente-Ruiz
                                          Estrella Puente-Ruiz  6 days back

                                          What should you do if you have sleep debt? And how long will it take to recover from it?

                                          • Jayson Genciane
                                            Jayson Genciane  6 days back


                                            • Makoto Sekai
                                              Makoto Sekai  6 days back

                                              So my situations are that I live with an family. I sustain my health and maintain my exercises. However my brother having a weird sleep schedule. Changing up my sleep is difficult. Even sleeping with him working on its homework at night is difficult. Napping is okay unless if I knew how to do it anytime anywhere. Note Im a university student and a night owl (also early bird) considering Im creative. Another notes are that Im also have Concealed Depression.

                                              • desi alyssa
                                                desi alyssa  6 days back

                                                0:00 Can we take a sec to appreciate that slide 😂

                                                • annamusike
                                                  annamusike  7 days back

                                                  half life of six hours -> that means it takes 12 hours before it gets completely out of your body... every pharmacist on the planet: head -> desk

                                                  • sonal patel
                                                    sonal patel  1 weeks back

                                                    Talkine faster

                                                    • vinisha vinu
                                                      vinisha vinu  1 weeks back

                                                      Can u please make a video about sleeping postures that are healthy for different kinds of people experiencing pain at different places like neck,shoulders etc n which sleeping posture is good for different kinds of people. Also, what kind of pillows or mattresses to be used? There r different answers or myths associated with that, in this market driven world..Dont know,what to believe🙄 PLEASE HELP!!!

                                                      • Seyed Ali Mohammadi
                                                        Seyed Ali Mohammadi  1 weeks back

                                                        I can sleep easily! But how to wake up?! 😭😅🤕

                                                        • Kibanroi Shlem
                                                          Kibanroi Shlem  1 weeks back

                                                          1st off the phone
                                                          2nd sleep in a comfortable position.
                                                          3rd calm ur mind if you are tension or stress
                                                          4th think of nothing but sleep
                                                          5 mins .... This is working for me and for soldiers

                                                          • Randomness in order
                                                            Randomness in order  1 weeks back

                                                            Caffeine has a half life of 6 hrs that means it never burns out completely ( in 12 hrs it will be 1/4 th in 18 hrs it will be 1/8 th in 24 hrs it will be 1/ 16 in 30 hrs it will be 1/32 th and so on ) but that is only for 1 st order reactions in chemistry

                                                            • Best Clips
                                                              Best Clips  1 weeks back

                                                              I want my sleep to get distracted by doctor mike

                                                              • Nicole Yin
                                                                Nicole Yin  1 weeks back

                                                                Doctor Mike: Excercise, walk outside for 10 min to get good sleep

                                                                Me: *Laughs in Corona virus*

                                                                • blue star
                                                                  blue star  1 weeks back

                                                                  "I know this sounds crazy"

                                                                  *So exercise is crazy?*

                                                                  • Pink Bubbles
                                                                    Pink Bubbles  2 weeks back

                                                                    I fell asleep watching this

                                                                    • Hienie Nguyen
                                                                      Hienie Nguyen  2 weeks back

                                                                      i can't help my sleep disorder. i hate it doctor!! Restless leg sydrome sucks i am trying to change up my habits. my cell phone just keeps me up!! i had to change the lighting. how do i do it doctor? lol

                                                                      • Alaa Emad
                                                                        Alaa Emad  2 weeks back

                                                                        Doctor mike: make the room pitch dark
                                                                        Me, being nyctophobic:oh no..

                                                                        • Ruchir Rawat
                                                                          Ruchir Rawat  2 weeks back

                                                                          so i've been sleeping wrong all these years

                                                                          • Oliver Chiang
                                                                            Oliver Chiang  2 weeks back

                                                                            very good video,also love every video you made。

                                                                            • Priscila Nosoma
                                                                              Priscila Nosoma  2 weeks back

                                                                              Sleep tips for someone who works night shifts exclusively?
                                                                              Cause this sh*t is ending my life completely.

                                                                              • Yesi Verduzco
                                                                                Yesi Verduzco  2 weeks back

                                                                                Yes on everything but, one :D ! Silk pillows are for sure the best. There inexpensive, they reduces Winkles & helps prevent breakage of hair.

                                                                                • Thomas M
                                                                                  Thomas M  2 weeks back

                                                                                  What if you have insomnia

                                                                                  • TreasureHuntr713
                                                                                    TreasureHuntr713  2 weeks back

                                                                                    hates companies...

                                                                                    being sponsored by one

                                                                                    • cindy powers
                                                                                      cindy powers  2 weeks back

                                                                                      What about melatonin gummies? I know people who take them every night and give them to kids every night. They swear by them. Is there a downside to that?

                                                                                      • mochi sheng
                                                                                        mochi sheng  2 weeks back

                                                                                        lol love his intro tho 🤪

                                                                                        • Hermione Granger
                                                                                          Hermione Granger  2 weeks back

                                                                                          People I am a person with a very strict night time routine, I’m not a professional but here are some things that help...
                                                                                          1) Stop drinking any liquids an hour before your scheduled bedtime, so you don’t have to wake up again to go to the bathroom(a few sips is fine)
                                                                                          2)The latest time to turn all screens off is also an hour before your bedtime.
                                                                                          3)REMEMBER TO DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN THE NIGHT BEFORE! Get your school or work bag ready, pick out your outfit for the next day and lay it out, and plan your breakfast too.
                                                                                          4) A good night’s sleep consists of 5-6 full sleep cycles, you may be falling asleep super early but still feel drowsy in the morning, maybe because you woke up at the beginning of your next sleep cycle, each cycle lasts around 90 minutes, you can calculate what time you go to bed with Sleep Calculator.
                                                                                          5) You can prep for bed by taking a warm shower so your body temperature can lower itself a bit better, or reading a book, and doing some yoga before you go to bed or something, do something that either makes you feel relaxed, tired, or preferably both.
                                                                                          Hope this helped have an amazing day😊😊

                                                                                          • Iris
                                                                                            Iris  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I have started having Sleepytime tea & a few almonds, doing 10 minutes of relaxing yoga, then a warm bath a few hours before bed. I have also found writing in a journal, then mediation and/or relaxation techniques seem to slow my brain down. I have balance issues so need at least my night lights on, so I use a soft, cotton face mask. When I have my windows open sometimes traffic noises disturb me, so I use ear plugs. My cat is a very sound sleeper and is at the opposite end of king bed. He also has a very good food clock, so wakes me up pretty consistently around 6:00 am. These work better than pills & I have tried them all.

                                                                                            • Moonlight io
                                                                                              Moonlight io  2 weeks back

                                                                                              i can't sleep because i'm coughing so much i got sick and now i'm not sick anymore but i'm still coughing a whole lot and can't sleep

                                                                                              • PIPER LaRee Pittsenbargar

                                                                                                Don't take showers at night take them in the morning it wakes you up when you take showers

                                                                                                • Opposite _ Ace
                                                                                                  Opposite _ Ace  2 weeks back

                                                                                                  Take 15-30 minute naps

                                                                                                  Are you assuming I take naps, I can barely sleep, how could I take a nap?!