Most of us are wondering how to fall asleep easily right now. During this crazy period, insomnia has risen like never before, and our sleeping patterns have been completely screwed up by later nights and later mornings.
So, is there something you can do to sleep better at night? Yes, there is!
Drink more water
It’s better to be woken up needing the toilet than to be woken up by a thirst.
Make sure you drink eight glasses of water during the day, and have at least half a glass before you go to bed. Waking up dehydrated does not feel good, nobody wants to have a headache throughout the day.
Tip: You are at your most dehydrated when you first wake up, so drink two glasses of water as soon as you wake up to get yourself going, and use the Getting Stuff Done planner to track how much you drink alongside your self-care habits.
Reduce CO2 in your bedroom
CO2 in the room can increase your heart rate and lead to poor sleep. Thirty minutes of two people breathing in a mid-sized room can increase the CO2 in the room and cause a bad night’s sleep.
Fresh air is always good, having a window open while you sleep will help regulate the air, but it’s not always possible to have the window open all night. If you want to sleep better, ventilate the room. Before you go to sleep.
Tip: There are smart devices that can measure the CO2 in the room if you can’t crack the window open a little, try sleeping with the door open.
Get the eating rule right
The age-old advice not to eat before bed still stands, sort of. Being too hungry or too full during sleep makes it much worse. Nobody wants heartburn, or to wake up with a rumbling stomach, right?
If you find yourself uncomfortable before bed because you’re too full, try eating a lighter meal, or take it an hour earlier if possible. If the opposite is true for you, have something small before bed. Check out this meal prep article if you need some advice on what to eat.
Tip: Sleeping on a completely empty stomach can also decrease sleep quality for some people. If you are hungry, try eating a banana before bed.
Embrace the darkness
Light disrupts the sleep hormone melatonin. Small LED’s, screens, blinking lights, and light coming in through your curtains can disrupt your sleep. This could be the key if you’re wondering how to fall asleep easily.
If you need thicker curtains or blinds, get some! Make your bedroom as dark as possible, and the closer to bedtime you get, the less light you should expose yourself to.
Tip: Try wearing an eye mask during the night for a week. If it helps, keep using it!
Love your bed
Did you know you spend one-third of your life in bed? You need to love everything about it, everything to do with the bed should make you feel good. From the mattress to the blankets.
You need to be comfortable, not too hot, not too cold, and ready to get some quality sleep. Stop wondering how to fall asleep easily when your bed is not primed for a good night’s sleep!
Tip: Invest in good pillows and try a silk pillowcase. It’ll help you feel zen and get a night of uninterrupted sleep. Also, if you’re struggling to fall asleep, try investing in an acupressure mat and laying on it before bed. The pressure points will relax you faster than you’ve ever relaxed before!
Get your life together
Get everything that’s in your head out of your head and onto paper. If you take it out of your head and make a plan instead, you’ll sleep better and lessen stress and anxiety.
Make a plan for tomorrow before you end the day and you’ll feel a lot better about going to sleep. Your thoughts are less likely to race and sift through all the things you need to do.
Tip: If your thoughts are racing in your mind and causing you to lose sleep, keep a notebook and a pen next to your bed and write them down instead.