Imagine yourself falling asleep and dreaming of that great breakfast you’re going to make yourself in the morning. But as time moves on, you find that you’re still awake. You try your hardest to fall asleep, but it’s like you’re fighting a losing battle. Eventually you fall asleep, but not before freaking out that you’ll never fall asleep again in your life.
We’ve all been there, right? If you haven’t, you’re a sleep master and we would love to know your ways. But the fact is that most of us do have trouble sleeping. For one reason or another, we find it hard sometimes to move on to dreamland.
There are many reasons that sleeplessness occurs, but there are even more ways to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Below are some fantastic tips on how to fall asleep and if you follow them, we can guarantee that you’ll be sleeping like a baby in no time.
1. Keep Your Body in Sync
One of the best ways to make sure you sleep well every night is to keep your body in sync. Ensure that you have a strict sleep schedule and you keep to it each night. Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, and make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep. And try to limit the naps you take!
The best thing you can do for your body is to not confuse it by sleeping at different intervals of the day.
2. Know When to Stay Away from The Light
Light plays a major factor in your sleep cycle. Even though you might not realize it, the amount of light you take in at different points in the day determines whether you’re sleepy or wide awake.
In the morning, make sure you have all your windows open so you see as much sunlight as possible. This often will wake you up even better than your morning cup of coffee!
At night, stay away from your electronics at least one to two hours before bed. No more scrolling through your Instagram feed right before bedtime. These bright, blue screens really hinder your body’s ability to sleep because it tricks it into thinking it’s daytime.
3. Get Some Exercise
This is not only great for your sleep cycle, but it’s also a great remedy for any other ailment you suffer form. Getting plenty of exercise or physical movement throughout the day every day ensures that you’re tired enough to fall asleep at night.
Try to get at least 30 minutes of movement or exercise every day to ensure you get a good night’s rest. Plus, it’ll be that more satisfying when you’re super tired before you shut your eyes from a great workout.
4. Follow Your Mom’s Advice and Eat Your Veggies
Well, not just veggies, but you get the point. Your nutritional intake throughout the day plays a major role in how much sleep you get at night and how high quality that sleep is.
When you’re getting towards bedtime, stay away from big meals and lots of liquids before hitting the sack. Putting a lot of food or liquid into your body before bedtime kick starts your digestive system and tells your body the day’s not over just yet. If you do eat a big dinner, eat it well before you plan on sleeping so you have time to properly digest.
Also, no more night caps before bed! Alcohol before you sleep is really detrimental to your sleep cycle, no matter how good that glass of wine tastes.
5. Start Relaxing Well Before Bedtime
Most of us face various stressful factors during the day. Whether it is floods of emails, upset children, or just the dreadful trip to the grocery store every week, we often take that stress to bed with us. And that’s one of the biggest reasons you might find it hard getting to sleep.
Try winding down one to two hours before bedtime with your nightly routine. Put on some relaxing music or your favorite song at the moment and try to forget about your worries. Start getting ready for bed with whatever routine you feel comfortable with. Maybe even light some candles to start the relaxation process.
Sleep is one of the most important parts of our lives – we spend a quarter of our life doing it! So, if you’re spending so much time in your bed, then you might as well have as many good nights of sleep as possible. With these tips, you’re sure to be off to dreamland in no time.