Are you the type of person who lies awake at night with an endless stream of thoughts running through your mind? Falling asleep at the end of a busy day isn’t as easy for some as it is for others, but these foolproof tips can help you to fall asleep fast—and reap the benefits of a restful eight hours.
- Improve your environment. If your bedroom isn’t conducive to rest, it will play a role in your insomnia. Make sure that you clear your room of clutter, invest in comfortable pillows and the right type of blanket, and set your thermostat to a slightly cooler temperature than you use during the day.
- Wind down. Instead of just switching off your laptop and closing your eyes, try some relaxing bedtime rituals to get you ready for sleep. Do some gentle stretches, take a warm bath, or read a relaxing book to ease your mind into a restful mode.
- Stop looking at the clock. If your alarm clock (or cell phone) is within reach, you’ll likely stress yourself out more by counting the number of hours of sleep you’ll get. Turn your clock away from you and don’t worry about the time.
- Do a repetitive brain exercise. Counting sheep may sound cliché, but it actually works. Occupying your mind with something repetitive lulls you into a more relaxed state.