We have all been there, struggling to get to sleep because something is keeping us up and not allowing our brains to shut down enough for sleep. This could be the big meeting you have going on tomorrow, or maybe tomorrow is your first date. A project at school, an argument you had earlier in the day, or even something good and exciting that happened that day. The mind just doesn’t seem to want to shut off and because of that, insomnia is kicking in. Whatever the circumstance is, these tips will hopefully help you get back to sleep.
We live in a world where it can be tough to get away from screens. However, these screens can be tricking us into staying awake. If you are having trouble getting sleep, try eliminating your screen time at night. You should shut off and put away all screens, including your phone, at least an hour before bedtime. Try reading a book instead. Or if that isn’t your thing, listening to relaxing music, a hot shower, or practicing breathing techniques can all be good substitutes to winding down before bedtime with no screens.
Be Consistent With Bedtime
This is an essential tip for anyone trying to get to sleep. Being consistent with your bedtime is one of the most important things you can do because it makes our body function more on clockwork. If you become more consistent with your bedtime, you will start to realize your body is getting tired around that time each day.
Screens can be bad for our sleep, but that does not mean the technology is bad for our sleep. Playing calming music can help distract our brains and help us relax. Because of this, music can have a calming effect on us and help us get to sleep quicker. A sound machine is also an option for some people. Listening to the waves of the ocean, a bubbly stream, or singing birds could put some into lala land very quickly.
Take Care of Your Body
Taking care of your body means many different things to different people. But when it comes to sleep, there are a couple of things you can do to help. For starters, you should limit the amount of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine you are consuming, especially in the hours leading up to bedtime. These drugs can be keeping you awake when you should be sleeping. The second tip is to get exercise. Exercising can help you get better sleep and sleep for longer. However, you should probably avoid exercising right before bed, but a fifteen minute Yoga session might be helpful.
We all love to sleep, and sleep is an essential daily activity that we all do. However, for some of us, sleeping can be a harder task. If you are having trouble falling asleep, try the tips that we outlined above. Hopefully, one or a combination of them will help you fall asleep and stay asleep so you can wake up rested and ready to take on your day.