We all have nights when if seems impossible to fall asleep. It is annoying not being able to sleep and most of us have reasons such as being stressed out or simply being not sleepy enough. On the other hand, some people including myself always and I mean always have trouble falling asleep. No matter what time of night it is or whether we have an important meeting the next day that makes us anxious or even if it is Friday night and we have nothing to do the next day; we still cannot sleep for at least the first 45 minutes.
I used to be one of those people but I found techniques that helped me sleep faster and better. A while back, I visited my family doctor to get a note for a class I had missed. I explained to her that when I woke up that day, my heart was beating the fastest it had even beaten; I had nausea, massive headache, and dizziness. Then she started asking some routine questions and was surprised when I told her I always slept between 5 to 6 hours mostly because it would take me an hour or so to fall asleep and I had to wake up early the next day. So I could not sleep enough. I had heard a lot of things about the importance of a good night sleep but I never knew how crucial it could be until the doctor explained it to me. I learned that lack of sleep kills brain cells over time, affects eating balance, makes the skin age faster, can cause depression, and the list goes on and on. I was handed out a list called “Good Sleep Hygiene Handout” with numbers of techniques that would help me sleep better. So I tried them all and now I am going to tell you about some of them that really helped me go to sleep faster.
1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule
I used to sleep in very different times every night. So, I tried to have a schedule and always go to bed around the same time. See what time of night works out for you better then make sure you will be ready to sleep by then.
2. Do not take any electronic device to bed
The light that comes out of your cellphone or laptop is one of the major causes of not being able to sleep. Stop using your electronic devices at least 20 minutes before you go to bed. Trust me it is a huge help.
3. If you cannot sleep within the first 20 minutes get up
If your brain is tired enough to shut down for the night you should be able to fall asleep in less than 20 minutes. If that did not happen, either read a book lying down or get up turn on the TV and watch something for a little while. You will feel sleepy in no time.
4. Try not to think too much when you are in bed
Every time I went to bed, a huge list of things would come to my mind, mostly things that I should have done but I had forgotten, or any regrets that I had in life would crawl up my brain and make me nervous. Now every night when something nerve racking comes to my mind I tell myself: well there is nothing you can do about this right now. It is in the middle of the night and everybody is asleep. Just go to sleep and deal with it tomorrow. For some reason it really help me relax and not think too much.
I know what a pain it is to know that everybody in your house or even in your whole town is asleep but you. So I really hope this article will help you go to sleep faster. Good Luck:)