5 TIPS TO GET TO SLEEP FAST!
We LOVE sleep, so naturally, we can't stand it when we just CAN'T get to sleep. Picture this: you've just crawled into bed after a long stressful day at work, and you're exhausted. In fact, you're so exhausted that you think you might just pass out BEFORE your head hits the pillow. After snuggling up in your warm, cozy bed, you close your eyes... and you're wide awake. Insomnia. It's an absolute nightmare (no pun intended), and if counting sheep just isn't cutting it, we have 5 tips for getting to sleep fast!
1) Set up a bed time routine (and turn off your phone!)
Whatever is included on your list, such as brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and washing your face, be sure to do it in the same order every night, just before heading to bed! Soon enough, your body will learn that your pre bedtime routine means its time to start shutting down, and you'll hopefully start to feel sleepy. Most importantly, as part of your routine, shut off the phone and the tablet. The blue light of the screens could be keeping you up at night!
2) Utilize yoga to relax your body.
Try some basic yoga poses such as Child's Pose, Supine Spinal Twist, and Corpse pose. Practicing yoga can lower stress levels and relieve tension in the body, both of which are extremely beneficial when you're trying to get a good night's sleep.
3) Try aromatherapy!
Using lavender essential oil can help you drift off to sleep. The use of floral scented essential oils is known to lower stress levels, and when it comes to sleep, a study conducted in the United Kingdom suggests the use of lavender oil to aid sleep is legitimate.
4) Get up and write a to-do list.
This one might sound weird at first. If you're having trouble sleeping, WHY would you want to get up OUT of bed and move around? Stick with us on this. The cause of insomnia is often an overactive mind. You're so busy worrying about everything you have to do that you can't relax. Write it down and you no longer have to store that information in your head! Then you can relax and hopefully sleep.
5) When all else fails, meditate.
Once you're all snuggled up and ready for bed, take deep, controlled breaths. Be sure to focus on your breath. If your mind wanders, it's no big deal - just acknowledge that your thoughts are wandering, and then return your focus to your breath. Let each inhale and exhale calm you further, until you are in a deeply relaxed state.
We hope you find these five tips for fighting insomnia helpful, and if you DON'T struggle with insomnia, they're probably healthy habits to adopt anyways. Leave us a comment if you have any tips for getting to sleep fast that we may have missed. Happy sleeping!