There’s nothing worse than lying in bed wondering if you’re ever going to fall asleep, especially when you have a busy day ahead. Thankfully, there are many tricks you can use to improve your ability to fall asleep before a big day. Here are 5 tricks to help you fall asleep faster.
1. Stick To A Schedule
If your body gets used to going to bed at a certain time every night, it will naturally get tired at the same time. The best way to put this into action is to set your alarm for the same time every morning. If you get used to waking up every morning at 7am, for instance, you will naturally start to feel tired around 11pm every evening. Sure, this is harder to abide by on the weekends, but the better you are at sticking to a regime, the more likely you are to fall asleep with ease.
2. Cut Back On Caffeine
Sure, we all love our first coffee of the day, but there’s no need to indulge after the sun goes down. That goes for Diet Coke as well! Caffeine stays in the system a lot longer than we’d like to think. We suggest going decaf if you must have that after dinner coffee, and sticking to Club Soda or sparkling water, if you want a little fizz.
3. Turn Off ALL The Lights
That includes your iPad, iPhone and any other piece of technology you often take to bed with you. Even the smallest amount of light can get in the way of shut eye. As much as you want to fall asleep watching David Letterman or the late-night rerun of Access Hollywood, resist the urge. Your body will likely stay awake longer than you hope if it’s stimulated by any source of light.
4. Turn Down The Heat
We actually fall alseep better when our bodies are colder. Be sure to lower the thermostat before you go to bed. You’re more likely to fall asleep faster and less likely to toss and turn during the night if your body stays at a calm, cool temperature. Bonus points: you’ll save money on heat!
5. Eat Earlier
With hectic schedules, it’s easy to end up having dinner way after the sun goes down. Nevertheless, a big meal before bed often leads to indigestion during the night, which makes it harder to fall asleep. If you must have a late-night snack, stick to something light and easy to digest like a small bowl of strawberries, a couple of hours before bed.
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