We’ve all had nights when no matter what we do, sleep escapes us. Whether it’s because our minds are going a million miles per hour or we’re simply not tired. So, what do you do when you‘re in need of sleep because you have a long day of driving ahead of you and you can’t afford to be tired?
Here are 5 tips that will give you what you need to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest.
Turn Off your TV/Computer
Both your TV and computer are stimulating devices. They encourage your mind to be alert by a consistent wave of information. By turning off these devices, you will be able to relax your mind and won’t have anything to keep your mind occupied. Once your mind is relaxed it is easier to fall asleep.
Napping makes matters worse if you have trouble falling asleep. But if you must nap, keep it brief, 20 minutes or less — and do it early in the day. Any shut-eye within eight hours of your bedtime can sabotage a good night’s sleep.
Drink a Relaxing Beverage
Drinking something like warm milk or warm herbal tea is a great way to relax your muscles and get you in the perfect mindset for bed. This works because heat relaxes muscles while cold makes them tighter, so drinking a warm beverage is a great way to let go of the stresses of the day. Herbal tea, particularly chamomile has a soft fragrance to help you relax and a smooth taste that is not too strong, but rather light to help you sink into your sleep.
Free your Mind at Bedtime
Establish a “winding down” period in the evenings about an hour before bedtime. Read something calm, meditate, listen to music, or take a warm bath. Try making a list of any worries, along with a plan to deal with them, to bring closure to your day.
Healthy Habits During the Day
The things you do during your day have a very big impact on how well you are able to fall asleep. If you had a stressful day, you may find yourself staying awake thinking of what you should have said or what you will do tomorrow. Exercise is one of the best stress releases, even better than chocolate. It is also proven that good daily exercise actually improves sleep. It both helps you fall asleep faster and have a deeper, more restful sleep.
The question of how to fall asleep faster is a life-long question, one that billions of people have been asking for years. There are plenty of methods out there and not all of them work for everybody. Sleep is a vital part of our daily lives. It affects everything we do and not getting enough of it can be very damaging. Don’t sell yourself short; use these helpful tips to make sure you get the sleep you need.