Tips For Falling Asleep

Author: Timothy Bibbs

Tips for falling asleep

There are few things more frustrating than lying in bed unable to sleep. Whether it's the stress of the upcoming day, unsettling events from the one that just passed or some other reason, the inability to fall asleep is a harmful and upsetting scenario. Although it's different for everybody, there are a few things you can do to help you hit the hay.

Stick to a schedule
Depending on your job and personal life, it may not always be possible, but finding and keeping a routine can be a big assistance to your sleeping habits. Ideally, you should first determine your natural rhythms and then find a way to build your day (and night) around them.

If this isn't possible, at least find ways of establishing standard times to fall asleep and arise. Keeping these as constant as possible will help your body learn when to sleep and wake and plan accordingly.

Adjust your diet
If you are having difficulty getting to sleep, take a look at your eating - and drinking - habits. It's tough to resist after a restless night, but too much coffee can affect your sleep even hours after you drink it.

Likewise, going to bed too hungry or still full can disrupt your patterns. Find the dining routine that leaves you most comfortable at bedtime and stick to it.

Counting sheep
The old wives' tale of counting sheep may actually help you. Many problem resist sleep because their minds are still firing on all cylinders. The simple act of counting can help blank your mind. For those that are still wide awake even after counting the sheep, ABC recommends counting backward from 300 by threes.

"It's mathematically so complicated you can't do anything else, and it's so doggone boring you are out like a light," psychologist Michael Breus told the news source.

In Brief

  • Whether it's the stress of the upcoming day, unsettling events from the one that just passed or some other reason, the inability to fall asleep is a harmful and upsetting scenario
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