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Sleep is extremely vital to your health and mental well-being. However, sleep does not always come quickly, especially in today’s fast paced, electronic world. Here are five tips that will help you fall asleep faster.
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Create a Quiet Environment
It is very hard to fall asleep when someone beside you is snoring, or there are car alarms going off every evening. However, you may not be able to prevent that from occurring, so it is best to create a relaxing environment that allows you to tune out the background noise. There are headphones that are designed to be worn while sleeping, and you can have white noise or your favorite music playing to help you sleep. In addition, you will sleep deeper because your body will not be awoken to the noises you despise.
Use Calming Products
When you are preparing to go to bed, you want to use products that will calm your body. If you shower or bathe in the evening, use lavender soap or essential oils. In addition, consider taking a few minutes before you fall asleep to warm one of the lavender products from Sunshine Pillows, which can help relax your muscles. Finally, consider having lavender, chamomile, or other calming oils diffusing overnight to keep you asleep all night long.
Empty your Brain
Before you go to bed, write down your thoughts for the day. You want to make sure you write down all of the things you need to do the following day. However, you also want to keep a log of what times you eat and how much caffeine you consume (and when) to determine if that affects when you fall asleep. When you are unable to sleep, you often concentrate on the things that you could have done differently throughout the day, so writing it down will help to empty your mind.
Cool the Room
People naturally sleep better in cooler environments. If you like to be covered, consider cooling blankets or moisture-wicking blankets. In addition, make sure the pajamas you wear at night allow your body to breathe. The ideal temperature to keep your room overnight is between 65 to 70 degrees. You may find that using a fan is better for your pocketbook than changing the settings on your thermostat in the summer. The fan will also help with creating a white noise that entices sleep.
You want to make sure you are learning to relax in the evening so your mind and body are at ease. Stress prevents sleep from coming, and you do not always realize when you are stressed. It is best to have a routine in the evening where you meditate or do relaxing yoga. If you are struggling at finding a peaceful time to relax in your home, consider going for a walk shortly before bed so you burn off your extra energy and meditate in the silence.
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While these methods are not guaranteed to bring sleep, they have been shown to help sleep come faster. If you are struggling with sleep, you want to make sure you walk to your physician, as the rest of your health depends on it.