Trying to fall asleep can sometimes seem like the hardest thing to do. You just lay there, eyes closed, hoping that you'll drift off to dreamland. I've been there, you've been there, we all have been there. In fact, just last night I was having the toughest time falling asleep. I felt tired, but once I closed my eyes, my mind started to race. If you suffer from this, here are five tips to help you fall asleep.
1. Don't Nap During The Day.
I know that lots of people love naps, but personally, I'm not a huge fan. While a nap during the afternoon sounds tempting, they mess with your internal clock and sleep schedule, and you'll be staying up a lot longer than you'd like at night. But, if you just simply can't resist a nap, take a short, power nap that's 30 minutes to an hour. That way you won't enter REM sleep, which is the deep sleep stage of the sleep cycle.
2. Try Exercising.
While exercising might not be the first thing that you think of when thinking about falling asleep, it will help your body sleep deeper at night. It will tire you out, and you'll find that you can fall asleep faster because your body needs to regenerate more.
3. Get Comfy.
I know that this one seems like a no brainer, but I find that once I'm in a comfortable position in my bed, I can fall asleep fast. Goodbye stress, hello dreamland.
4. Get On A Schedule.
Getting on a sleep schedule will help your body release the sleep hormone, making you tired. That help you fall asleep and you'll find yourself more refreshed in the morning. Then eat breakfast as soon as you wake up, which will help your body become more adapt to a schedule. Also, getting seven to nine hours of sleep is what is recommended for adults by healthline.com, and that will help your body get used to a sleep schedule as well.
5. Stop Eating At Least Two Hours Before Bed.
Eating right before bed doesn't help you fall asleep. Your body needs time to digest the food and if you eat right before falling asleep, you might wake up in the middle of the night with stomach cramps, and that's no fun.
6. If All Else Fails, Take Melatonin.
Take this one with caution, you can build a tolerance to it. While this can help you fall asleep fast, it's not something to be done every night. This is just an if-all-else-fails sort of tip, and not something to become dependent on.
These are the tips that I follow when just laying in my bed isn't working for me. Hopefully, they work for you, and you can finally get that good night of sleep you deserve.
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