We’ve all had those nights: You hop in bed, tired enough to fall asleep, but instead of drifting off, you’re wide awake! Before you know it, it’s 2 a.m. and you’re still staring at the ceiling. Well, fret no more! We’ve come up with some simple ways to help you fall asleep faster and get the good night’s sleep you’ve been longing for…and deserve!
1. Silence Your Phone – Turn All Lights & Screens Off
Let’s face it, we spend most of our time using technology and staring at screens. Getting a good night’s rest is key to being productive the next day. Our first tip to help you fall asleep is to shut off all devices and turn the lights off. Most devices emit blue light which can be extremely disruptive to your sleep cycle. When you’re exposed to blue light whether it’s from your cell phone, tv, or computer, your brain is being stimulated which promotes wakefulness and makes it harder to fall asleep. So power off your phone and stick to the motto that your bed is for sleeping, not relaxing and hanging out!
Still skeptical about the effects of blue light before bed? Here’s an article that talks about the unhealthy effects of exposing yourself to blue light before you fall asleep.
2. Hide Your Clock
Do you find yourself glancing at the clock, watching it tick further and further into the night, inevitably counting the hours you have left to catch some shut-eye before you have to wake up? Stop adding unneeded stress and allow yourself to decompress without the thought of “Man, I only have five and a half more hours of sleep.” Try turning around your clock or placing your phone facedown away from your bed. This will allow you to relax your mind and drift peacefully to sleep.
3. Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is a great way to relax before bedtime. It’s also a calming way to infuse your home with delightful scents. Using calming and relaxing essential oils while you get ready for bed can potentially help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Check out these six essential oils that will allow you to catch those needed “Z’s” in five minutes!
4. Exercise Regularly
Exercising right before bed isn’t a good idea because it increases your heart rate and blood flow, in turn energizing your body. Establishing an exercise routine, on the other hand, can help ease stress, eliminate toxins from your body, improve your overall health, and help you to sleep better. You’ll be ready to unwind after a good work out and hot shower!
5. Read a Book
We said it before and we’ll say it again: exposing yourself to screens (especially screens that emit blue light) before bed can drastically impact your sleep cycle. Allow yourself to decompress with a book. Reading is a great way to expand your mind and allow yourself to wind down. According to research, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68 percent! Reading doesn’t just destress your mind, body, and soul; it opens your imagination, expands your vocabulary, and enhances your memories. You can learn more about how reading can help reduce your stress levels and about the other benefits reading has on your body here.
6. Drink Tea
Drinking tea before bed is very soothing. Herbal teas have calming properties that aid you in falling asleep. Let’s be honest, there is a calming aspect to sipping a hot cup of tea in your favorite mug before hitting the hay. Herbal teas like Chamomile and Lavender create an overall calming bedtime experience. Before you sip on that hot cup of deliciousness, make sure it’s herbal and caffeine-free! Check out The 6 Best Bedtime Teas That Help You Sleep for additional tea time inspo.
Did you enjoy reading about our six ways to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer? We hope after reading this blog post, you’ll have no problem catching some “Z’s” and drift off counting sheep in no time.
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