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 • 5 706

  • Leo Sazdovski
    Leo Sazdovski  1 years back

    Wow thanks dude... A doctor doing youtube may be the best thing online hahaha :P

  • Amanda Dee
    Amanda Dee  23 minutes back

    It’s LYING in bed! I’m so glad you asked!!!! I hope you tell your dogs and your patients to “lie down” and not “lay down”!!!!

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      Me at 12:47: On YT

      YT: wHy r u sTiLl aWaKe?! *recommends this*

      • Anonymous Change
        Anonymous Change  3 hours back

        Luv how the first sleep powder thing had all uppercase letters except the L


        • TR1P
          TR1P  6 hours back

          I always get micro sleeps in class

          • atrumluminarium
            atrumluminarium  6 hours back

            Is it true that warm milk can increase melatonin levels? Or is it just placebo?

            • allan magat
              allan magat  19 hours back

              i subscribe to your channel.. because ive always like hearing doctor advised.. nice video

              • Joao Valdez
                Joao Valdez  1 days back

                Screw the sleep... where do you buy your dress shirts

                • not even a dot
                  not even a dot  2 days back

                  *Mike* says avoid caffeine, or get it before lunch...
                  And here I am making a strong black coffe before bed

                  • century trustworthy
                    century trustworthy  2 days back

                    I have one and only effective method for students to fall asleep in the fastest way.Just open your textbook of the subject you hate most.

                    • clare prv
                      clare prv  2 days back

                      I need naps 😫

                      • FOREVER All Girls
                        FOREVER All Girls  2 days back

                        is reading before bed good for you?

                        • Dina Hakim
                          Dina Hakim  2 days back

                          Hi dr mike this is really good for me but I’m legally blind and I don’t know if you know about sleep insomnia but then again you are a doctor LOL! But I get confused between my nights and days because I am legally blind so I guess I take melatonin and chamomile tea at night right before I sleep it does help but not really I still kind of wake up what do you think suggestions thanks

                          • Hector Rivas jr
                            Hector Rivas jr  2 days back

                            little sleep tip guys

                            Eye pillow !

                            • avacado tortilla
                              avacado tortilla  2 days back

                              *watches this at 2am*

                              • Girvan Bobbett
                                Girvan Bobbett  3 days back

                                Dr.Mike• Iphone,iPads

                                Android users• 😅😰😨

                                • ProductiviT
                                  ProductiviT  3 days back

                                  *Is nobody going to talk about how hilarious that intro is? XD*


                                  I approve of that ad 100%!

                                  EDIT: I just saw a commercial about some mattress that makes you fall asleep better -_-

                                  • Aayush Pawar
                                    Aayush Pawar  3 days back

                                    Hey dr mike i m a medical student
                                    Plzz do make a video on how much do medical students require during the exams or regular days plzzz reply

                                    • Gerrit van Heerden
                                      Gerrit van Heerden  4 days back

                                      If the half time of caffeine is six hours, it will take 24-30 hours to be eliminated completely. (4-5 half lives)

                                      • AkumaDante12
                                        AkumaDante12  4 days back

                                        What's your advice for someone whose job does not have consistent patterns (one day starting at 9am, the next at 6pm until 10pm, to start at 9am again)?

                                        This is currently my problem. I cannot maintain my circadian rhythm as the shifts overlap by standard bedtime.

                                        Love your videos.

                                        • Tnv Madhav
                                          Tnv Madhav  4 days back

                                          Guys throw your phone away for a week, you'll sleep like rip van winkle every night

                                          • Mac Kaplar
                                            Mac Kaplar  4 days back

                                            What do you think about CTT, it supposedly hydrates you faster

                                            • Daniel Gordon
                                              Daniel Gordon  5 days back

                                              Doctor Mike, I am a volunteer firefighter and i have a radio for getting paged out for a call. should i leave it on or off through the night. Thanks

                                              • Gabriel
                                                Gabriel  5 days back

                                                I disagree with the "after 15 minutes, get up" suggestion! Meditating, breathing, and staying still are the keys to falling asleep!

                                                • Alex Suomalainen
                                                  Alex Suomalainen  5 days back

                                                  2:08 It's pretty scary you don't understand what half life means.

                                                  • Yaman Sfr
                                                    Yaman Sfr  5 days back

                                                    A rare sight were dr mike is wearing a normal shirt

                                                    • Decci Rose Hucom
                                                      Decci Rose Hucom  5 days back

                                                      I'm a nurse. So... (Haha) 🤣😂🤣

                                                      • Rosalin Plaat
                                                        Rosalin Plaat  6 days back

                                                        Wow you were literaly telling us at the beginning of the video that we should not listen when companies are trying to sell us special sleep pillows and this video was actually sponsored by a company telling us we will sleep better if we buy their sheets. How dare you doc mike! I lost all trust in you!

                                                        • gerry
                                                          gerry  7 days back

                                                          What about those of us who work graveyards but still want to be able to enjoy our days on our off time?

                                                          • Cheryl Groner
                                                            Cheryl Groner  1 weeks back

                                                            Hey doctor mike I have adhd and coffee makes me tired is that weird or what

                                                            • Amalia Sirianni
                                                              Amalia Sirianni  1 weeks back

                                                              Hi Doctor Mike, could you talk about polyphasic sleep and share your thoughts about it. Thanks

                                                              • Elias Williamsson
                                                                Elias Williamsson  1 weeks back

                                                                ”Embrace the darkness” Is that a Darkness II reference lol?

                                                                • Tiger Purple
                                                                  Tiger Purple  1 weeks back


                                                                  • Dana G
                                                                    Dana G  1 weeks back

                                                                    Hi Dr. Mike! I love your attitude about medicine and trying behavioral strategies first. I’m a clinical psychology trainee and have treated insomnia numerous times with CBT-I. In that treatment, the consistency piece you mentioned is really import except waking up at the same time is emphasized, not going to sleep at the same time every night. This is because you should go to sleep at or past your “bedtime” when you’re SLEEPY. We want clients to be sleepy when they get into bed so they start associating their bed with sleep instead of wakefulness or negative emotions and thoughts about sleep (e.g., being frustrated because you aren’t falling asleep at your set bedtime and thinking something is wrong with you). The same would be true for when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. Like you suggested, to get out of bed, but to return when sleepy instead of in 15 minutes and to do boring activities during that time. Overall the goal is to pair the bed with calm and sleepy instead of wakeful and annoyed (this is called stimulus control). Also, waking up at the same time is emphasized because this is how you can get your circadian rhythm in check and on routine. These recommendations are for insomnia, but I imagine they are generally good sleep advice too. I’m only commenting about this because I’ve seen some of your videos and can tell that you value education! Everything else you said sounded great.

                                                                    • Melanie Luce
                                                                      Melanie Luce  1 weeks back

                                                                      My girls are all grown now but as a single mom to 3, I was lucky if I got 5 hours of sleep a night. Three teenage girls and one parent is not conducive to getting 7-9 hours of sleep. The struggle is real.

                                                                      • Greta Plays AJ
                                                                        Greta Plays AJ  1 weeks back

                                                                        2:01 someone slapped the doc.

                                                                        • Greta Plays AJ
                                                                          Greta Plays AJ  1 weeks back

                                                                          "A magic sleep pillow *drool included*" Me: dives onto my bed searching for mine

                                                                          • Fionist '
                                                                            Fionist '  1 weeks back

                                                                            Google is listening, why did they put this on my recommendation just after after I told my friend I we going to sleep

                                                                            • Leonardo F Fraga
                                                                              Leonardo F Fraga  1 weeks back

                                                                              Oh my God, was that Jon Lajoie, "I can dance" ?

                                                                              • Alas August
                                                                                Alas August  1 weeks back

                                                                                "and I'm dead against that" that's how you know you live in the tri state

                                                                                • Sukie Mac
                                                                                  Sukie Mac  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Personally I sleep better when my dog is next to me😴

                                                                                  • Elee
                                                                                    Elee  1 weeks back

                                                                                    **watching while unable to fall asleep**

                                                                                    • TurdFurgeson571
                                                                                      TurdFurgeson571  1 weeks back

                                                                                      A warm to hot shower is helpful if you're really struggling.

                                                                                      • Arya M
                                                                                        Arya M  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Ironic am watching this at 4:18 in the morning.

                                                                                        • Only4comments
                                                                                          Only4comments  1 weeks back

                                                                                          No naps during the day, stop eating/drinking 3 hrs before bed,set an alarm for 7-8 hours, pitch black cool room and sleep through your thoughts, whether positive or a nightmare, do not allow them to wake you up before the alarm goes off.

                                                                                          • Michelle Woods
                                                                                            Michelle Woods  1 weeks back

                                                                                            My uncle died from a car accident cause he was sleepy. Cause of that I've been kinda scared 2 drive.

                                                                                            • Maz A
                                                                                              Maz A  1 weeks back

                                                                                              its 5am and I still haven't slept yikes

                                                                                              • michael stowers
                                                                                                michael stowers  1 weeks back

                                                                                                When you say driving while tired is probably more dangerous than driving while drunk is a little bit of a fib it is more dangerous mythbusters proved it to be more dangerous