10 Remedies To Help You Fall Asleep
Getting proper sleep is one of the most important aspects of your health, but somehow it is often the thing we neglect the most. We have become a society that glorifies busyness and all-nighters, leaving us lacking in sleep and ultimately often damaging our overall health. But it isn’t always easy to fall asleep.
I know this first hand, as I am sure many of you do too. Insomnia or the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep is a problem that plagues tons of people each night. So to help out anyone out their struggling to fall asleep or to establish healthy sleeping patterns these tips and tricks are for you.
- Lavender Essential Oils are a lovely and sweetly scented way to help aid in falling and staying asleep. Studies have shown that lavender helps people to fall asleep faster, stay asleep, and fall into a deeper sleep because it increases the slow brain waves associated with sleeping. Simply sprinkle or spray a little lavender essential oil on your pillowcase, and settle in for a refreshing night of sleep.
- ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response refers to the tingly almost euphoric, tingly, and relaxing feeling that starts at the base of the neck or on the head, and travels downward. Traditionally this is initiated by a series of sounds or visual stimulation. ASMR helps to put you into a relaxing and soothing mindset and space, making it easier to fall asleep.
- Meditation is another great way to help yourself fall asleep and stay asleep because it puts your mind into a calmer more relaxed state, where the thoughts are more focused and clear. Meditation also helps to calm down your body prior to sleep and lower your heart rate preparing for sleep.
- Yoga Maybe meditation isn’t for you, but yoga might be. Yoga helps to release stress and calm and relax the body and mind. There are even specific moves you can try just to help with sleeping.
- Put away technology I cannot stress this one enough when it comes to trying to get better sleep. Science shows that the light from our devices tricks out brains into thinking it is daytime, and directly inhibits our ability to fall asleep. So shut down those devices because that mindless Instagram scrolling may actually be doing you more harm than good.
- Drink chamomile tea Chamomile tea acts like a natural sedative to calm and sooth the body, which is perfect right before trying to fall asleep. I suggest sitting down and relaxing with a nice cup of chamomile tea between 30 minutes to an hour before bed, and letting the soothing warmth of your tea relax you and get you ready for bed.
- Listen to soothing music Music, not unlike books, is another great way to help yourself fall asleep and stay asleep. Music or other sounds can be soothing and relaxing, and help to distract your mind from the world around you.
- Try melatonin Melatonin is a chemical that your body naturally produces to help aid in sleeping, but some people may not be producing enough. If that is the case for you then I highly recommend picking up some melatonin from your local grocery store vitamin aisle, and give it a shot. (Check with your doctor first of course.)
- Create a bedtime routine This may seem kind of self-explanatory or even like a no brainer, but you would be surprised how many people don’t have a bedtime routine. Establishing some semblance of a routine at night allows your body to regulate itself and to set a schedule. Your body will become accustomed to that schedule, and that will make it easier to fall asleep and put your body into a rhythm.
- Read a book Reading a book prior to going to be is one of my favorite ways to help fall asleep. I find that reading helps to tire out my eyes, which helps to tire out my mind and body, and I am more likely ot fall asleep and stay asleep. Books are a great way to tire out your brain, distract yourself from your wandering mind, and relax yourself.
Feel free to try out any of these tips and tricks, and let us know what worked for you. Or if you have any tips that you know of comment below, and share them with everyone else.
- Caitlin Daniel
The Creator of The Sunday Series