Having trouble trying to sleep? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Lying awake staring at your ceiling for what feels like hours is not fun, so we took the time to read into tips and tricks for falling asleep faster and compiled a list of interesting yet effective techniques for you to try out.
When going to sleep, consider…
#1 LOWERING YOUR ROOM TEMPERATURE
Now, this tip is all over the internet, and for good reason. Lowering your room temperature mimics what happens in your body as you sleep. When you fall asleep your body’s temperature decreases, so lowering your room temperature can trigger that process, allowing you to fall asleep much quicker.
#2 MINDFULNESS ACTIVITIES BEFORE BED
Stress is one of the main causes of having trouble falling asleep. Your mind is going a mile a minute and you can’t seem to keep up yet it keeps you awake. This is why doing mindfulness activities before bed can be a great help. Activities such as yoga, meditation and journaling can really help calm the mind and put you at ease allowing you to fall asleep quicker.
#3 LISTEN TO RELAXING NOISES
Music has a huge impact on your mood and listening to relaxing noises or music can improve your quality of sleep. Listen to soothing sounds such as rain noises, waves, nature sounds, white noise, the list goes on and on, find what works best for you. Your body and mind will have an easier time relaxing and falling asleep doing this exercise and listening to it for 50 mins at bedtime will increase the positive impacts.
Having a night time or bedtime routine has positive effects on calming the mind and body before bed. Keeping a consistent sleeping routine is also an important part of this, especially for children. Going to bed around the same time each night helps stabilize the body’s circadian rhythm which in return helps produce hormones to induce sleep at the correct time. Having a night time or bedtime routine ties into this, wind down for the night around the same time each day, do similar activities that make you feel cosy and relaxed.
#5 STAY OFF YOUR PHONE AND FALL ASLEEP
Staying off of your phone is key! The blue light from your phone screen interferes with the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Not only is the blue light a big factor, but using your phone to go on social media or play a game before bed stimulates your brain making it more difficult to fall asleep. So, staying off your phone before bed is the best way to go about things, especially if you want to fall asleep quickly.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of the tips above and if they have worked for you. We would love to hear.