10 Unusual Yet Scientifically-Proven Methods to Unlock Sleep Potential
1. Get paid to sleep more.
In a 2019 study, college students were paid to sleep more, and shockingly it worked. Students in the treatment group responded to the financial incentives by increasing the likelihood of sleeping between 7 and 9 hours by 19%.
2. Smoke dope.
Medicinal cannabis has been shown to improve sleep.
3. Get a shrink.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy holds the potential to improve sleep.
4. Drink less water before bedtime.
In a 2020 study looking at older patients, it was shown that frequent nighttime urination negatively affects sleep efficacy.
5. Get a custom mattress.
Subjects reported better sleep outcomes when they were able to select a mattress that met their perceived ideal comfort level.
6. Listen to binaural beats.
Subjects in a 2018 study were subjected to binaural beats and the result was increased slow-wave, non-rem sleep, and decreased light sleep.
7. Practice Tai Chi.
Nine randomized trials reported that when tai chi was practiced for 1.5 to 3 hours each week for a duration of 6 to 24 weeks sleep quality improved.
8. See an acupuncturist.
In this 2012 study, acupuncture was shown to improve sleep quality.
9. Practice paced breathing.
In a 2014 study, sleep onset latency, the number of awakenings, and awakening time during sleep were decreased and sleep efficiency was increased when subjects practiced slow, paced breathing exercises for 20 minutes before going to sleep.
10. Use grounding.
Grounding refers to having direct contact with the Earth, such as by walking barefoot or lying on the ground, and was shown to improve sleep in a 2022 study.