How to get to sleep faster seems to be a weird question as to many people, sleep and sleep well is a natural thing. However, a large number of people around the world are day and night, searching for the answer for that “seems to be weird” problem. There are a lot of nights after one, even two hours lying down on the bed, we find ourselves stay awake and have no way to get to sleep. Many people choose to stay on the bed and wait for the daylight. Sleepless or insomnia is a big problem and there is no exact cure for this problem. However, in this post, I’m going to show you the best methods which have been used to help me as well as a lot of other people get to sleep easier and faster.
Don’t drink tea or coffee close to bedtime
We all know that tea and coffee have many health benefits but drink these things before going to bed is definitely not a good idea. Needless to explain, tea and coffee are stimulants that keep your mind awake. Even drinking a little amount can make you a sleepless night.
Have a free mind before going to bed
Life is full of matters and issues to worry about. If you are a student, you have exams to worry about. If you are a businessman/woman, there are profit and expense matters to take care of. However, when you go to bed, the best thing is to keep your mind stays away from such matters. Think about them before bedtime will not help you but instead, make it even harder to get to sleep. I know it could be hard to get rid of all the worries even when you want to forget everything. In this case, listen to some music could be a great help. The most effective music to help you forget about problems and help you sleep faster is classical music. I usually turn the music player on and play very peaceful classical music. Don’t listen to songs like “ode to joy” though. The strong and fast pace of that song can keep you awake rather than help you sleep. Also, you will want to have a speaker than using a headphone.
Wake up when you don’t want to sleep
There are a lot of people who stay on the bed when they can’t sleep. They wish, somehow the sleepiness will come while they are lying and they can get to sleep without noticing. I recommend you not to do so. From my experience, when I can’t sleep, I simply wake up, walk around a little and pick up a hardcover book and read (don’t turn on your computer as there is a lot of thing on the computer can cause you awake all night, games for example). After around 20 minutes of reading, you will feel tired and find it really easy to lie down and sleep.
Reduce the naps during the day
Small naps after lunch can be helpful for people to have good work in the afternoon. However, take too much nap during the day will make it difficult for you to sleep at night, especially when you have a problem getting to sleep. With that said, you should only take one short nap during the day and don’t sleep close to bedtime even when you want to sleep very much.
Have a specific sleeping routine
Our bodies love to follow habits. With that said, creating a sleep habit can be vital for us to fight sleepless nights and difficulty falling asleep. It’s recommended that you set up a specific time to go to bed and specific time to wake up and apply this routine every day, even at the weekend. You may not notice any improvement in your sleep quality in the first few days but when your biological clock gets used to the routine, you will find it a lot easier to get to sleep.
Eat a small dinner
Eating a small dinner brings a lot of benefit including a good impact on your sleep. As you might know, when the night comes, all parts of the body are signaled to slow down and switch to resting-mode. If you eat a big dinner, the digestive system needs to stay awake to digest a large amount of food you take in, which will make it hard to get to sleep. However, going to sleep with and an empty stomach is not recommended. Not many people can sleep with an empty belly. With that said, it’s a good idea to have a snack or a cup of milk before going to bed. Snack and milk are easy to digest and they will keep you from feeling hungry.
Meet your doctor
When you find it’s really hard to get to sleep and you suffer from sleeplessness in a long period, it’s best to meet your doctor and get his advice. The doctor may give you some medication such as melatonin sleep aid to help you get to sleep easier. He/she will also give you a full diagnostic to find our further problems and recommend the best solution for your problem. Sometimes, insomnia is not a sole problem but it can be the symptom of other, more serious problems. Have an appointment with your doctor is always the best bet.
Now you have some good tips and methods to get to sleep easier. Don’t expect the result will come overnight. You will need to give these methods a week or two to see the improvement in the quality of your sleep. If you don’t see any improvement, met your doctor is the next step you need to do.