Lying in bed wanting to fall asleep is frustrating, can make you anxious, and even prevent you from falling asleep. Overthinking sleep can be counterintuitive. Here are some tips for how to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Stick to a sleep schedule.
Maintaining a regular bedtime and wake time is excellent for your health. Your body sets your “biological clock” according to the day, which results in you naturally feeling sleepy at night. A regular sleep schedule helps maintain your body’s internal clock, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up. Research suggests that sticking closely to a sleep schedule improves mood, lowers the risk of disease, and improves learning and the immune system compared to those with sleep deficiencies.
Turn off those screens!
Spending too much time on laptops, tablets, phones, and TV can affect your sleep. Anything activating the brain prevents us from adequately winding down, keeps us going, and can make it difficult to fall asleep. Put your devices away an hour before bed to help your body wind down and ease into a blissful sleep.
Decompress and destress with strategies to promote good sleep. Find what helps you relax, whether soft music, meditation, or deep breathing, that can help you wind down and fall asleep.
What you eat can help too!
Before bedtime, avoid foods high in sugar, caffeine, saturated fats, and processed carbohydrates. Even fatty, spicy, and acidic foods can trigger acid reflux. This can make it harder to fall asleep. If you are hungry before bed, find healthy snacks such as fruit, unsalted nuts, seeds, yogurt, and oatmeal.
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*The information given in this blog is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.