Having insomnia is one of the most terrifying things, especially when you know you have an early day the following morning. Having no end in sight, you realise you are stuck. As a result, many suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. This is attributed to your body clock being out-of-sync with your body’s natural rhythms and hormone levels due to our natural need to recover and pay back our sleep debt.

There could be so many reasons you can’t fall asleep: from anxiety, stress, digestive issues, ambient light and white noise. This causes the body and mind to remain active, hence failing to switch off completely. If sleeping is not an option, why not use that time to have some fun and relieve yourself from stress before trying to hit the sack? Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Try your luck on online slots

To unwind, you can try your hand at some online slots and casino games! Given the variety of online slot and casino games, there would surely be a theme that would pique your interest. These games are entertaining, especially if you hit the massive jackpots or grab one of the bonuses. Assist the Vikings in Vikings Bezerk or trek through the Amazonian jungle in Gonzo. Amazing opening offers, cashback bonus spins, amazon vouchers and seasonal offers would just sweeten the deal and satisfy your craving to play some more. Some websites even give you the chance to win up to £75,000 on a single spin. Jackpots can go up to £50 Million each month. If slot games aren’t your cup of tea, you could try your favourite “old-school” table games, such as Poker, Blackjack and Roulette. The array and variety offered would definitely test your skills and intuition to their limits. It’s time to be encapsulated by the exciting, gaming world of online slots.

2. Watch some Netflix

Truth be told, Netflix is one of the few bills I’m happy to fork out the cash for. And no, this isn’t a Netflix sponsored article. Watching it for about an hour every night can give you a nice change of pace. It is a sacred time where you can just lounge around in silence without any annoying disturbances and be transported into another universe, far away from reality. Nowadays, Netflix has been focusing on producing their own content. For a relative newbie in creating their own, fresh content, Netflix has produced many high-quality TV series that have done extremely well, namely Narcos, Stranger Things, and Mindhunter. But of course for every few successful masterpieces, they have produced a few flops like The Get Down, Gypsy, and Hemlock Grove. They do still have some outstanding original movies, such as (almost) the whole collection of Marvel movies. Anyone up for an Iron Man movie marathon? Although that would not be the best idea when you are trying to pass time to fall asleep.

Hit feature films and successful TV series are the stars that shine the light on Netflix in the media. However, what makes watching Netflix truly fun and entertaining is the fact that it offers more than what traditional media covers. Unbeknownst to many, you can actually broaden your horizons with Netflix and explore new genres of shows that could just blow your mind. The amount of niche content (even fringe content) that exists on the platform, means that there is truly something for everyone. In fact, if you browse through their offerings, you might just discover your next favourite genre. From anime to documentaries to best stand-up comedy specials, you would definitely be spoilt for choice. Get ready to be hooked to the service even after you’ve binge-watched you favourite shows like Black Mirror and American Vandal. Netflix’s experimental “slow TV” is a soothing TV genre originated in Norway, and it’s known for showing viewers things like train rides, cruises, and crackling fires in real time. You might be wondering what could be the appeal of that? Well, apparently the mix of natural beauty and unabashed monotony is the big draw of this genre. Unfortunately, this program is being taken off Netflix in August. However, all hope is not lost. You still can turn to Pluto TV and YouTube to get your fix of slow TV that moves at its own snail’s pace, which is actually a good thing this time.

3. Read a short passage

One of the best things to do is read an inspirational book. One of my favourites would be the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Its All Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson. It teaches you to learn to let go, especially of the things that are out of your control. Besides becoming more knowledgeable, reading stimulates muscle relaxation and slows down your breathing. This leaves you more calm and collected after a good reading session. In fact, according to The Sleep Council ‘39% of people who are in the habit of reading before they go to sleep, sleep very well’. It’s no secret that an activity that reduces stress would be highly beneficial in helping you to unwind before you go to bed.

Furthermore, it has been scientifically proven that having a nightly routine before bedtime is beneficial in cueing your brain when it is time for bed. By reading every night before you sleep, your body will start to recognise it as a sign that it’s time to relax. Thereafter, you would be in the zone to rest, thus easing the process of falling asleep. Who says you can’t kill two birds with one stone? Or in this case, one book! Not only can you gain new insights by delighting yourself in a new book, but you can overcome your insomnia too.

There you have it! 3 fun ways to pass time if you can’t fall asleep. Most importantly, try to distract your mind so that you do not focus on the fact that you have insomnia. If you subconsciously expect to stay awake, your brain won’t shut down!