Tip of the week
How to get back to sleep at night
Don’t check the time. And if you do, ignore it. Stress will keep you up, and any attention given to how much time you have left for sleep can add stress in a real way: the release of fight-or-flight hormones.
Hands off the phone. You don’t need to see emails at 3 a.m.—or anything else, really, that requires looking at a phone screen. The blue light it emits can keep you up, especially when the screen is close to your eyes.
Don’t fear getting up. If you’re still awake after 20 minutes, a break from bed can help. Try light reading, or stretching, or doing a puzzle: anything that gets your mind off thinking about not sleeping.
Find your beach. Deep circular breathing helps. And so can imagining yourself back to a place or activity you find relaxing—a vacation spot, maybe. Imagine the sights, smells, and sounds, and they should lead you back to dreamland.
And for those who have everything…
Aspiring Tony Starks of the world, take heart. Marvel Comics’ millionaire character is no long the only person who can don futuristic armor and fly like a superhero. The Gravity Industries Jet Suit, “while perhaps not as elegant as Tony Stark’s duds,” can get you airborne. Five microjet engines—two on each arm, one on the back—cumulatively generate 1,050 hp, good enough to lift you over the heads of pedestrians and rocket you laterally at 30 mph. Though operation time is limited to nine minutes, price may be the bigger hurdle, even if you choose the bargain option: renting the suit for $39,000 from Selfridge’s, the London department store.