How To Fall Asleep
Bedtime Tips For Catching ALL the Zzzz’s
By Sleep First
Can you relate?
It’s bedtime and I am pleasantly exhausted from my awesome day! My routine is to get my kids into their beds, read them a book or tell a story and zone them into sleep mode and then happily tuck myself into bed. Great, the kids are down and it’s my turn. Suddenly, I find myself tossing and turning and taking forever to locate my comfort zone in my bed. My brain will run wild and I’ll be simultaneously thinking about what to wear tomorrow or what the dinner plan will be or if my toenails need to be cut. It’s insane but seems to be the best part of the day for my brain to check into overdrive.
As much as I like being aware of these thoughts and as much as I appreciate my inner self ensuring I have done my best to take care of everything in the day, I very much dislike the fact that I don’t want to be in “thought-mode” I want to be in sleep mode. Restless evenings caught up with me and I needed to do something about it, so I researched the top methods to use when attempting to fall asleep. Some of you are already doing these things, and for those who need some sleep tips, read below.
Healthy sleep habits can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Here’s how you can make healthy changes to your system.
- Create your routine…and stick with it!
This means, shut it down at the same time every night, yes, the continuity will create a pattern that will last. Pick a bedtime (keep it reasonable) and stick with it! Erratic sleep patterns can leave you feeling out of whack and more exhausted the next day, sticking to a bedtime routine will help you take control of your internal clock and will regulate the pattern for your optimal sleep. Set yourself up for success!
- Turn your lights off
Do it. Irregular sleep patterns may interfere with sleep because it interrupts the body’s circadian rhythm and this rhythm may also be influenced by cues, such as light. Try shutting down all the lights in your bedroom (also conserves energy and saves you money) when attempting to go to sleep and keep the room as dark as possible. Out of sight, out of mind!
- Get off your mobile
Set your alarm and set down the mobile, easy peasy. Not only does the information you are receiving from your mobile start to affect your thoughts or brain power, but the illumination that comes with it is also hard on the eyes. Let it go, put the phone down, I promise you, it will be there waiting in the morning
- Find a comfortable position
Finding your comfortable sleeping position is essential for sleep! Changing positions frequently can be distracting and “rip you off” of a good night’s sleep, so it does play a crucial role. Sleeping on your side, while keeping your back mostly straight will provide an overall better night’s rest because the spine will be aligned. Some sleep experts would suggest putting a pillow or blanket between your knees to ease pressure on the hips. I have tried this method myself and love the way it makes my whole body feel. Adjust the thickness of your pillow or blanket to the comfort level you desire and best meets your comfort needs.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking the required amount of water during the day will ensure you have a restful sleep at night. It will also eliminate the need to wake up at 2:00am to urinate.
I encourage you to put these 5 sleep tips to test!
Create your routine.
Turn your lights off. All of ’em.
Get off your mobile.
Find a comfortable position.
Don’t get me wrong, it may not provide you with the best restorative sleep you have ever encountered, but it will set you on the right path to make healthy and positive changes to your everyday life. It’s these little tweaks and modifications that we can adapt to that help us grow and become better people.
Are you ready to take control of your sleep? Set yourself up by learning How to get to Sleep First.
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